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The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is releasing more information about the death of a domestic abuse suspect that occurred while he was in custody.

It happened on September 22nd in Northwood. Worth County sheriff’s deputies were called about a possible domestic assault happening at 208 4th Street North. When Deputy Isaac Short arrived he heard a woman yelling and screaming. He entered the residence and found 44-year-old Michael Zubrod severely beating 48-year-old Rhonda Schukei with scissors and a hammer and verbally threatening to kill her.

Deputies Shayne Hoch and John Smith arrived and tried to help Short subdue Zubrod. They used tasers, which they say had little to no effect on Zubrod. The deputies wrestled Zubrod to the floor and were able to handcuff him. Zubrod was kicking out at the deputies so they put leg shackles on him. While Zubrod was lying on the floor restrained he became unresponsive. Paramedics that were on scene to treat Schukei, tried to revive Zubrod but were unsuccessful.

Schukei is in serious condition at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. She suffered blunt force injuries and stab wounds.

An autopsy on Zubrod was conducted but full details won’t be released until results from toxicology tests are in.

The DCI’s investigation is continuing. Once complete, results will be forwarded to the Worth County Attorney’s Office for review.