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Prosecutor Says Officers Justified in Jones County Shooting

A prosecutor has determined that officers were justified in shooting and wounding man in a Jones County incident last month.

In a news release Wednesday, the Jones County Attorney’s Office says Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Clayton Miller and Iowa State Patrol Trooper Tyler Remley were justified under state law in shooting 51-year old James Bartram of Wyoming. Bartram was brandishing a gun when officers responded to a 911 call of a firearms complaint on September 21st.

The Attorney’s Office says officers had attempted to negotiate with Bartram for at least 12 minutes before Bartram allegedly walked toward the officers and attempted to fire his weapon, which jammed. In response to this and his refusal to respond to the officers’ commands, the investigation determined that a state trooper and a Delaware County deputy each discharged their weapon once. Another deputy used less-than-lethal beanbag rounds twice.

Bartram was shot in his upper torso. He was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Both Trooper Remley and Deputy Miller were on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

The Attorney’s Office says they determined the shooting was justified after interviewing witnesses and reviewing body camera and dashcam video.



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