OTTUMWA, Iowa -- A man remains in the hospital and multiple police officers are on paid administrative leave after an officer - involved shooting.
On Saturday, emergency crews were called to 416 Waverly Avenue in Ottumwa on reports of a house fire. The caller stated a man was outside of the house was shooting at it with a rifle. When police arrived on scene the home was engulfed in flames. They immediately gave several commands for the man to drop his gun but say the man refused to do so.
Officials with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation say multiple officers fired their weapons at the man, after they said he pointed his rifle at them in a "threatening manner." The officers were placed on paid administrative leave.
"I saw a couple of cops go rushing in to grab someone out of there, then heard a couple of shots fired. Quite a few shots I should say," says neighbor, Jesse Saylor.
Officials are not releasing the officers' or the man's name at this time. However, several neighbors tell Channel 13 the man is Michael Heady. According to the Wapello County Assessor's website, Heady is the homeowner. The man was admitted into the Ottumwa Regional Medical Center. His condition is unknown.
Neighbors say they aren't shocked to hear of the incident but say it was unnerving to see it happen in their own neighborhood.
"Ottumwa has its own little unique way of doing things. It's hard to explain but people here are different," said Saylor.
The initial investigation shows the home was likely intentionally set on fire.
More information about the cases is expected to be released on Monday.