Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

For immediate release:  


May 5, 2017


Milford Shooting on
Sunday, April 30, 2017


MILFORD, Iowa -- Milford Police Officer Jesse Hoss has been identified as the Officer who fired his weapon after he and another Police Officer from the Arnold’s Park Police Department responded to a call about a domestic situation at 26 Westview Dr. in Milford.  The shooting occurred around 9:00PM Sunday April 30, 2017.  Officers Hoss and the Arnolds Park Police Officer approached the residence of 26 Westview Dr., when a male subject inside the residence who has since been identified as Robert Brunner (age 52) pointed a handgun at the two officers.  Shots were exchanged between Brunner and Officer Hoss. Both officers retreated to safety and requested more backup. Law Enforcement attempted to make contact with Mr. Brunner for several hours in effort to resolve the situation in a peaceful manner.  No contact was ever made with Mr. Brunner.  Law Enforcement made entry to the residence around midnight Sunday and located Mr. Brunner deceased.

Mr. Brunner was transported to the Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner in Ankeny Iowa.  On Thursday May 4, 2017, Dr. Jon Thompson, a pathologist at the Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner conducted a forensic autopsy.  Initial autopsy results show that Mr. Brunner sustained a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and another gunshot wound to his torso.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is actively conducting their investigation and no other details are being released at this time.  Once the DCI investigation has been completed it will be turned over to Dickinson County Attorney Jon Martin for his review.

Media Point of Contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge Darrell Simmons (Office: 712-322-1585)


Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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