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UPDATE: Former city manager dead after Jackson Co. shooting

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A sign up on the door of the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday. (Becca Habegger, KWWL) A sign up on the door of the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday. (Becca Habegger, KWWL)
Larry Koos (Courtesy Dubuque Telegraph-Herald) Larry Koos (Courtesy Dubuque Telegraph-Herald)
Jackson County Courthouse (file photo) Jackson County Courthouse (file photo)

A former city manager who came to a Jackson County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to dispute his property taxes opened fire, resulting in his death, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Francis "Gus" Glaser, 71, a former Maquoketa city manager and Maquoketa resident, was dead after a shot to the head, according to Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

Kettmann said Glaser used a handgun and fired two shots just before 11 a.m. Tuesday. It was unclear if Glaser meant the second shot for himself or if the gun was discharged in a struggle with another county supervisor, according to Kettmann.

Glaser apparently tried shooting at Jackson County Assessor Deb Lane, but missed, according to officials. That's when Kettmann said Supervisor Larry Koos tackled Glaser to prevent him from shooting again.

It was unclear whether Glaser then fired the gun again at himself or if the gun was discharged by someone else during the struggle with Koos.

Glaser apparently did not have a permit to carry or purchase a handgun, according to Kettmann. Weapons are not permitted inside the Jackson County Courthouse, but there is no metal detector.

County officials apparently have access to a metal-detecting wand, but it is used sparingly in "high-profile cases" and was not used on Glaser, according to Kettmann.

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley released the following statement after hearing of the incident:

"I was deeply concerned by the shooting that occurred today at the Jackson County Courthouse, and my thoughts are with those who were injured in this incident," Braley said in a written statement. "Reports I've read indicate that Buck Koos acted heroically protecting the lives of others. Buck has been a friend and mentor to me, and Carolyn and I are keeping him and his family in our prayers. We all owe him a debt of gratitude and I wish him a speedy recovery."



A county supervisor was apparently injured in a reported courthouse shooting in Maquoketa on Tuesday.

Jackson County Supervisor Larry "Buck" Koos was apparently brought to the Jackson County Regional Health Center with non-life-threatening injuries after an incident at the Jackson County Courthouse, according to Ken Croken, a spokesperson for Genesis Health Systems, which oversees the Health Center.

Koos was not shot, according to Croken. He would not elaborate on the record about Koos' injuries.

Croken also said the Health Center was "not expecting any more victims" as a result of what happened at the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday morning.

The Jackson County Courthouse had a sign on its door noting it would be "closed for the day" and would reopen Wednesday as normal.

The Telegraph-Herald is also reporting that another "unresponsive and visibly-injured man" was found lying on the ground holding a gun at the Jackson County Courthouse, where the alleged shooting incident occurred.

That other man was apparently not brought to the Regional Health Center, according to the Telegraph-Herald.

Nearby schools were briefly on lockdown Tuesday morning, but are not on lockdown anymore, according to Davenport television station KWQC.

Maquoketa City Manager Brian Wagner could not confirm the shooting with KWWL but said he did call police to ask if they needed to lock down Maquoketa City Hall because of "what happened." Police told Wagner a lockdown was unnecessary.

Neither the Jackson County Sheriff's Office nor the Maquoketa Police Department would confirm anything to KWWL yet. The Jackson County Regional Health Center also would not confirm the Telegraph-Herald's information.

The Telegraph-Herald also reported that the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation was on its way to investigate.

Jackson County officials said they would be releasing more information Tuesday afternoon.



A shooting is being reported at the Jackson County Courthouse on Tuesday morning, according to at least one newspaper.

The Maquoketa Sentinel-Press reported on its Facebook page that a shooting was reported at the courthouse in Maquoketa just after 11 a.m.

The newspaper reported "at least" one person was reported injured and a possible suspect had been detained.

According to the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald, the shooting occurred during the morning meeting of county supervisors.

KWWL tried confirming the information with police and sheriff's officials but could not confirm as of Tuesday morning.

An employee at Brad Deery Motors, a business across the street from the courthouse, told KWWL by phone there were two ambulances and a police vehicle outside of the courthouse Tuesday morning. The employee did not want to give her name.

Callers also told KWWL a street in front of the courthouse was blocked off, but it was unclear which street.

The Jackson County Courthouse is located at 201 W. Platt St. in Maquoketa.

Becca Habegger, Jerry Gallagher and Eric Page contributed to this report.

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