Sheriff: Man fatally shot during public meeting

Sep 9, 2014 2:55 PM by News Staff

MAQUOKETA, Iowa (AP) - An Iowa man angry about his property taxes was fatally shot during a public meeting Tuesday after he pulled a gun from a briefcase and pointed it at the county assessor, the local sheriff said.

Francis Glaser, 71, had become agitated and vocal about his property taxes going up during a weekly meeting of Jackson County's board of supervisors in Maquoketa, a town about 150 miles northeast of Des Moines.

As the meeting ended in the local courthouse, Glaser pulled a gun and fired at the county assessor but missed, Jackson County Sheriff Russ Kettmann said. One of the county's three supervisors, Larry Koos, was nearby and stepped in. He struggled with Glaser, and a second shot was fired. Glaser was hit and died at the scene, Kettmann said.

The sheriff said Koos "probably saved a life." He was injured during the struggle, when his arm crashed through a glass door, and was sent to a local hospital for stitches.

The shooting occurred during a meeting in which officials were discussing property assessments.

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