BB guns the source of shot's fire call; Two arrested at Dickens home, charges pending

Thursday, May 20, 2010
A pair of Clay County Sheriff's Office deputies bag a piece of evidence resembling a firearm. (Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)

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.

Law enforcement representatives waiting to serve a search warrant requested the homeowner remove a dog from the premises before they enter.

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.

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  • What about charging the false report of someone coming on private property shooting firearms?

    None of which was true. Talk about overreaction, imagining someone is shooting guns from your own porch.

    -- Posted by helped_myself on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 11:17 AM
  • LOL! The funniest thing about this whole ordeal was that the parties who shot the BB guns were actually taken into custody!!! WOW! Talk about ANAL!

    -- Posted by HergerSeamas on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 10:09 PM
  • hi there ya all i am glad they took chase in he is a trouble maker and is in and out of trouble all the time and picked on people long time now

    i aslo dont think the officers overreacted, he should be put away for all the harm he has caused others

    -- Posted by vickiehan on Fri, May 21, 2010, at 10:30 PM
  • I mean. BB guns. Really? I suppose whoever called it figured that the obviously LOUD BANG of a bb gun was easily mistakable from that of a shotgun.


    -- Posted by jlees on Mon, May 24, 2010, at 2:29 PM
  • I posted this in the Sioux City Journal. I'll just copy it here.

    Save Some Money Pleeez! This is an awful lot of agencies involved in a minor crime. Couldn't there be a 'First Responder' like on ambulance crews to determine the scope of the call and then involve these other agencies. Looks like Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Army got left out. Maybe they are reserved for real bullets

    -- Posted by Lee51 on Tue, May 25, 2010, at 5:43 PM
  • I'm not saying that mistaking a BB gunshot with a shotgun blast isn't ridiculous. However, when a 911 call is made reporting gunshots, multiple agencies are required to respond. How many of you would like it if you called 911 (in a true life-or-death situation) and just one "first responder" showed up and then had to call for backup as you were shot? With a "real" gun? Its not up to these agencies to give polygraph or diagnostic tests over the phone, but it is their responsibility to show up when they're told they're needed.

    With that said, I believe that people today abuse the 911 system. How about the woman that called 911 because Burger King was out of lemonade??

    -- Posted by notinia on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 5:18 AM
  • This is scary, but I agree with you notinia!! People should store the NON-emergency numbers for local police and fire department in their cell phones for use in NON-emergency situations!

    -- Posted by WorkingMom1 on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 7:19 AM
  • Do we usually not agree, Workingmom? I hadn't noticed...

    -- Posted by notinia on Wed, May 26, 2010, at 12:06 PM
  • Maybe the answer is charging those who call 911 for non emergency situations.

    -- Posted by HergerSeamas on Thu, May 27, 2010, at 8:25 AM

    -- Posted by forjeff on Tue, Nov 27, 2012, at 8:38 AM
  • I was wondering if anyone got the name Chase Foote. lol wow is all I can say for this.

    forjeff....why do you always cap when you talk. kinda of annoying.

    notinia...i agree.

    -- Posted by acerdj on Sun, Dec 2, 2012, at 8:49 AM
  • acerdj- using caps is a way to gain attention to what you are saying, make a statement, etc. Have you been following the Jeff Wilbur case? forjeff is pointing out some of the other instances that Chase, who was involved in the Wilbur case, has gotten into trouble. I personally have looked up information about Chase online and then seeing these cases that are being pointed out in the paper help keep people aware of what is going on around them, and how much Chase has been involved in. He should have been receiving some kind of help years ago from the looks of it, if that had happened maybe Jeff Wilbur would still be here with his family today.

    -- Posted by AshlyMeyer on Sun, Dec 9, 2012, at 10:44 AM
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