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Police: Jackson Co. shooter wanted to kill himself

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Francis "Gus" Glaser Francis "Gus" Glaser
JACKSON COUNTY (KWWL) -

Officials now say a man who fired two shots in a Jackson County Board of Supervisors meeting this week intended to kill himself.

Francis "Gus" Glaser, 71, of Maquoketa died of a gunshot wound to his head and neck, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Glaser, a former Maquoketa city manager, had come to air his grievances about property taxes during a Tuesday morning meeting of the county Board of Supervisors.

Deputies now say that materials gathered in the course of their investigation, including documents from Glaser himself, suggest he was planning to kill himself.

Those findings apparently also support what the Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office had found in an autopsy, the results of which were released Wednesday.

Glaser started directing his anger over his property taxes at Jackson County assessor Deb Lane, at which point supervisors shut down the meeting.

"He said, 'I'm going to resolve this right now, and I'm going to save the county a lot of money,'" supervisor Steve Lynn recalled. "And that's when he-- I saw him flip up the brief case, and he pulled out a gun. It was a silver-handled revolver, and I said to these guys, 'He's got a gun!'"

Glaser first shot at Lane - and missed - before supervisor Larry "Buck" Koos tackled him.

"I got up and I wrapped myself around him, and then I just drove my legs. I remember thinking, 'Drive, drive, drive,' and I drove my legs hard and pushed him hard," Koos recalled, "and we crashed into the door and we hit hard."

They shattered the glass door to the supervisors' room, which cut Koos' wrist.

Glaser then shot himself in the struggle, according to officials.

Neither Lane nor Koos was shot. Koos was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, and treated and released.

Koos grew emotional recalling how he didn't want to let go of Glaser following the skirmish.

"I thought, if I let loose, he's still got that gun," Koos said, pausing as he teared up. "I wanted to make sure he was subdued, that he wasn't going to do anything more, kill anybody."

Koos didn't know at the point that Glaser had delivered to himself a fatal gunshot.

Flynn and Koos' other colleagues are calling Koos a hero.

"He definitely saved lives. He really did," Flynn said. "He saved Deb Lane's life. There's no question about that."

Koos denies he's a hero. He said he was just acting to protect his friends.

Weapons are not permitted inside the courthouse, but Glaser was never searched for weapons and there was no metal detector. Glaser also did not have a permit to carry or purchase the handgun.

Related: http://www.kwwl.com/story/26487104/2014/09/09/developing-shooting-reported-at-jackson-county-courthouse#at_pco=cfd-1.0

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