Suspect arrested after deputy wounded by shotgun, woman struck by ax: Investigation continues

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A 29-year-old suspect in the shooting of a deputy was behind bars in Clinton County Jail on Saturday after officials say he wounded a deputy with shotgun.

Local 4 News has learned Jesse L. Doran faces charges that include first-degree burglary (persons present) and possession of a dangerous weapon, according to Clinton County Jail records.

In a parole-violation document filed Friday in Clinton County Court, Gina Gregoire, probation/parole officer for the Seventh Judicial District – Department of Corrections, Clinton, says Doran violated his parole condition, and that he admitted Jan. 5 he had relapsed on methamphetamine.

Clinton County Attorney Mike Wolf notified Gregoire on Friday that Doran – listed as homeless in the document – shot at “Deputy Reyhons” when the deputy responded to a residence for a 911 call. Doran “shot at the deputy with a shotgun and wounded his hand and face,” the document says.

Doran was arrested for violation of a no-contact order for being at the residence of a 72-year-old woman relative in her presence, and also felon in possession of a firearm and assault with a dangerous weapon – peace officer.

“A further investigation is being conducted as to how (the relative) was injured by being hit over the head with an ax,” the document says.

“Due to the nature of the incident and actions of the parolee, it is evident in the public safety and law enforcement officials safety are at risk if the parolee does not remain in custody,” Gregoire says in the document.

EARLIER UPDATE: A woman relative of a man suspected of shooting a deputy Friday said in 2020 he acted “possessed” during an earlier incident at the same spot in Charlotte, Iowa.

Jesse L. Doran, 29, whose address is listed as Wheatland in court documents, is a suspect in a Friday shooting incident in which a deputy was shot and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

In July 2020

Local 4 News has found a detailed arrest affidavit filed in Clinton County Court describes a series of incidents last summer:

On July 25, 2020, shortly before 12:45 p.m., two deputies were dispatched to the 1000 block of 308th Ave., Charlotte, for a disturbance.

A 72-year-old woman relative said Doran was trying to break into the house and the relative did not want him there. The complainant asked deputies to serve Doran a no-trespass notice.

A deputy found Doran parked down the road and served him the no-trespass order the same day.

The relative said she had texted Doran about plans to go fishing, but he did not respond. She sent Doran another text saying not to come over and she was not going fishing.

Doran then showed up to go fishing, but she told him she was not going.

Meanwhile, Doran walked to the corn crib to work on something and she stayed inside. Next, the relative saw Doran come to the front door, which she had locked.

Doran tried to force the door open, which caused the door frame to split. He must not have realized that, and gave up forcing the door open. He walked around to the back and climbed onto a window air-conditioner mounted in an exterior window. He was able to slide his hands around the air conditioner and reached his arms inside the home.

The relative, still inside, used the metal end of a fly swatter to Doran’s hands and get him to retreat. She then called 911 for help, describing Doran’s actions as “possessed” like the devil, and saying she was scared Doran was going to hurt her if he got inside.

The relative said she had never seen Doran act like this. She told a deputy she feared Doran would come back, and that she keeps a gun in her home.

On July 26, Doran requested a “standby” at the house to retrieve his tools. He asked to go into a garage on the property, but was not allowed in.

That night, the relative had parked her truck inside the garage because she feared the truck could be damaged from Doran’s retaliation if she left it outside.

Later that night she heard someone try to break into the garage, and saw what appeared to be Doran running away. The locked door had been damaged, a radio/charger and large crescent wrench set was reported to be stolen.

Next to the garage door on the ground was a blue cinch-sack, which the relative recognized as Doran’s. The bag was not there earlier that night when the relative parked the truck in the garage.

She found a $20 bill wedged into the seal of the driver’s side window with a screwdriver. “It appeared the suspect was attempting to pay for the stolen items,” the affidavit says.

On July 28, a deputy left a business card at Doran’s address.

Doran called the deputy and said he did try to get into the house when deputies were called out for the disturbance call. He denied coming back to the house late Saturday night and breaking into the garage.

He refused to discuss the argument with the deputy and said it was personal, saying he lived with the relative and could not be ordered not to come there.

When the deputy spoke to the relative, she said Doran does not live there. In the last month, she figured Doran spend one night on her property and he slept inside his vehicle.

Around Sept. 3, Doran admitted to the relative he was the one who broke into her garage, and he returned the stolen radio/charge and the other stolen tools.

Doran, who faced burglary charges in connection with the incident, was set for a pretrial conference Feb. 4 in Clinton County Court for the 2020 incidents.

On Friday

EARLIER: A Clinton County deputy who was shot and one other person were being treated Friday at MercyOne Medical Center after gunfire at a residence in Charlotte, Iowa.

The incident happened shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, a news release says.

Deputies from Clinton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call on the 1000 block of 308th Avenue in Charlotte. They approached a residence and one deputy was struck by gunfire from inside the home.

Local 4 News saw a Clinton County squad car being towed from the scene.

The injured deputy was transported to MercyOne Medical Center, Clinton, where he was undergoing surgery for non-life-threatening injuries.

A resident of the home was transported to MercyOne Medical Center, where she was being treated.

Additional law enforcement arrived on the scene and” successfully detained” suspect Jesse L. Doran, 29, who was arrested and charged with violation of a no-contact order. Additional charges are pending.

The incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. Clinton County Sheriff’s Office and the Clinton County Attorney’s Office.

Assisting agencies included Clinton County Emergency Management, Clinton and DeWitt police, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa State Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Maquoketa police, Charlotte, Clinton and Goose Lake fire departments, and Clinton and Preston Ambulance.

In 2017

In 2017, Doran was involved in a drug-related case in Scott County.

Another arrest affidavit says in March of 2017, Doran delivered cocaine to a confidential source in Scott County. In April of 2017, a search warrant was executed on a Davenport residence where Doran and another person lived.

Inside was a handgun and several shotgun, cocaine snort tubes, a marijuana pipe, an “empty bag of cocaine,” about $200 in cash, and cell phone contents with text messages asking Doran for cocaine.

Doran was charged with delivery of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia in connection with the 2017 case.

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