Public Safety

Anamosa police chief shoots self in foot after responding to man threatening another person with gun

Chief Simonson has been off full duty while he recovers

ANAMOSA — Anamosa Police Chief Bob Simonson was injured last month when his rifle accidentally discharged during a call for service.

According to Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver, Simonson and a Jones County deputy responded to a 911 call at 2376 County Road E28 on Sept. 23. The caller reported a man was threatening another person with a gun.

Graver said when authorities arrived on the scene, the suspect, 68-year-old Marvin Hunter, of Martell, was still on the scene. Hunter was taken into custody and now faces one count of first-degree burglary, a Class B felony.

While the deputy was interviewing two people at the scene, Simonson was with Hunter, Graver said. Graver said Simonson had his AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder to his left side and the barrel was pointing toward the ground. The weapon discharged and struck Simonson in the foot, Graver said.

“We believe it may have caught something on his belt,” Graver said.

The bullet went through the side of Simonson’s boot and hit his foot, Graver said. Simonson suffered a soft tissue injury, but did not break any bones. Graver said Simonson was treated at the hospital and released.

A Jones County Sheriff’s Office investigator went to the scene to investigate the discharge. Graver said between Simonson’s testimony and body camera footage taken from the deputy, it was determined the discharge was accidental.

Graver said Simonson has been off full duty while he recovers, but did recently attend a funeral for a former Anamosa police officer. Simonson will be on light duty until he is recovered, Graver said.

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