Authorities are releasing more information about the shooting of a man during a standoff with law enforcement earlier this week. There’s been an update into the shooting incident that occurred in Dows Monday that brought injuries to the individual that held authorities at bay for several hours Monday. The man is identified as 59-year-old Craig Dennis Decker of Dows. Wright County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to execute a mental health committal order on Decker.
Decker allegedly refused to submit to the order brandishing a gun toward the deputies and barricading himself in the residence. After several hours of attempted negotiation, members of the North Central Iowa Tactical Unit were unable to negotiate with the individual to exit the residence. During an entry into the residence by officers shots were fired by Decker. The deputies then returned fire. Decker was injured as a result. He was taken to Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines for treatment of a gunshot wound.
Decker was in stable condition as of Tuesday evening. The investigation continues by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation with possible criminal charges to be filed by the Wright County Attorney’s Office.