BB guns the source of shot's fire call; Two arrested at Dickens home, charges pending
The Clay County Sheriff's Office and multiple other local and state agencies raced to Dickens Wednesday afternoon, responding to a claim that a neighbor had come to a residence and began shooting from the porch. Additional reports suggested that three people were involved. At one point, law enforcement was notified that a shotgun had been fired and that the residence was under fire. The call came shortly after 3:30 p.m.
Once at the scene, Clay County deputies determined that the individuals allegedly involved had fled to a nearby home at 306 Second St. in Dickens.
After securing the area, deputies were able to make contact with two individuals inside the home, both of who surrendered without incident. The third individual reportedly involved was not found at the scene but later returned to the home and cooperated with officers and remains uncharged at this time.
A search warrant was served on the residence, and several items were seized including weapons - which turned out to be pellet and BB guns, drug paraphernalia, ammo and edged weapons.
After the on-scene investigation, it was determined that the subjects had in fact displayed and were shooting BB guns, not fire arms, and had not actually gone over to the neighbors residence as first reported. No actual firearms were involved.
The two males taken into custody were 20-year-old Chase Foote and 22-year-old Craig Clopton - both residents at 306 Second St.
Foote was picked up on two outstanding warrants of dog running at large, including one which involved a female citizen getting bitten on the arm and leg.
Clopton was charged with simple assault, drug paraphernalia, and shooting a projectile over public roads.
The investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
The Clay County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Spencer Police Department, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Division of Narcotics, Iowa Division of Investigation, Iowa Great Lakes Drug Task Force, Dickens Fire and Rescue, Clay County Conservation and the Clay County Attorney's Office.