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Iowa Officer Shot in Face by Suicidal Suspect

October 07, 2014  | 

Officer Jill Ohm (Photo: Sioux City PD)
Officer Jill Ohm (Photo: Sioux City PD)

A Sioux City, Iowa, police officer wounded in the line of duty is still hospitalized at Mercy Medical Center.

Jill Ohm, 37, was shot in the face Friday afternoon when she responded to a disturbance call with a possible suicidal subject in the 1600 block of West Third Street. While on the call, she encountered Noah Ironshell, 27, who shot her once and fled, according to police reports.

Ironshell was located several hours later at an abandoned residence in the 1500 block of West Third Street with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, the Sioux City Journal reports.

He is hospitalized at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. He was listed in critical condition late Sunday night. No update was available Monday. Charges have not been filed.

Sioux City police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick said Ohm is receiving treatment for her injuries. No further details on her condition were available late Monday.

Comments (9)

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kevCopAz @ 10/7/2014 4:41 PM

We all pray for you sister, hang in there we are behind you.

Jon @ 10/7/2014 4:49 PM

Sister Officer,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Keep up your good work when you recuperate. Retired Officer from ID

Mac @ 10/7/2014 5:41 PM

There's this idea in the media and popular thought that if someone is suicidal they are no threat to the police. Someone who has no value for their own life likely doesn't value anyone else's. It's sometimes a very short trip from suicidal to homicidal. That doesn't mean the police shouldn't respond with compassion. But they should not put their lives or others at risk simply because the person holding the gun is deemed 'suicidal'. They should respond to threats to their safety the same as if the armed subject were an armed robber. It's the nature of the threat itself that determines the response not morally abstract views about the motives of the subject.

Jason @ 10/7/2014 5:55 PM

My thoughts exactly Mac!

TheRookie @ 10/7/2014 9:04 PM

Best Wishes & Prayers to you & a speedy recovery Officer Jill Ohm. May your Direct & Law Enforcement Family, & Friends find comfort & be strong for you during this time.

Brothers/Sisters in Uniform watch the backs out their.

SidBPD @ 10/8/2014 12:18 AM

Officer, My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. I hope for a speedy recovery and thanks for all you do. The Blue Line and I are behind you through it.

plato's playdough @ 10/8/2014 2:01 AM

Appears that the shooter's gunshot wound to his own head was not fatal. Two articles say he was taken into custody, and his photo is in one of them.

Kirkpatrick says 37-year-old Officer Jill Ohm was shot in the chin and was hospitalized.

KTIV-TV says Kirkpatrick described Ohm's condition as "OK" but would give no further details.

blnite @ 10/8/2014 10:35 AM

My thoughts and prayers for a complete and speedy recovery go out to Jill.
I wonder if the "Fergeson" situation ( second thoughts about how to deal with an unknown treat) has any bearing on this?
Having handled my share of "Suicide by Cop" incidents in my 30 years on the job, I understand how problematic these things can get, and worry that all the foo-rah over in Fergeson will cause us all to second-guess or delay our trained responses.
Better to be judged by 12, than carried by 6 !

GBush @ 10/16/2014 5:49 PM

Just because someone is suicidal, doesn't mean they won't turn their infliction upon you!

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