CLINTON – A court hearing has been set for a Wheatland man in connection with a Jan. 15 domestic disturbance in rural Charlotte that led to the shooting of a Clinton County sheriff’s deputy.
Jesse Doran, 29, is set to go before a Clinton County District Court judge at 11 a.m. Tuesday during a preliminary court hearing via video from the Clinton County Jail, according to online court records. Doran is being held in the Clinton County Jail on charges of first-degree burglary with persons present and possessing a dangerous weapon; dominion and/or control of a dangerous weapon by a felon; and violation of parole, according to Clinton County Jail records.
The two felony charges were filed in connection with a disturbance call at 1066 308th Ave., in rural Clinton County. As deputies approached the residence, a deputy, who has been identified as Sgt. Scott Reyhons, according to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation reports, was struck by gunfire from inside the residence. Reyhons was transported to MercyOne Medical Center in Clinton, where he underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries. Court records indicate he sustained injuries to his left hand, arm, and facial area.
The occupant of the residence, Doran’s grandmother, Beverly Holzrichter, was transported to MercyOne Clinton Medical Center, where she was treated for injuries she sustained when Doran threw an axe at her head, the records say.
According to court documents filed by the the DCI, Scott County Dispatch received a 911 call at 10:51 Jan. 15 in which it sounded as if a physical altercation were ensuing. The call was disconnected.
Dispatch called back and heard an apparent female say something like “Get someone here quick he’s going to kill me.” Scott County Dispatch transferred the call to Clinton County Dispatch, and the call was disconnected, according to the report.
Records say that Clinton County Dispatch determined that the call had come from 1066 308th Ave. in rural Charlotte, and deputies were dispatched to that location. Reyhons arrived at the scene at 11:11 a.m. Shortly after, he reported by radio that shots had been fired, and he requested an ambulance.
Reyhons reported that that he had knocked on the front door of the residence and heard a woman yell from inside the home words to the effect of “He’s got a gun!”
Almost immediately, a gun went off from inside the residence, and Reyhons realized he had been shot from gunfire coming through the front door of the residence, he said.
Additional deputies responded to the scene and encountered Doran and Holzrichter inside the home. Holzrichter later told law enforcement that Doran does not live at the residence, and that Doran had broken into her home, according to court records.
Holzrichter said that Doran had knocked her out and struck her with an axe. When emergency services arrived, an axe with apparent blood on it was located on the floor near Holzrichter, the court records state.
Deputies reported that while they were on scene, they saw Doran run out of the residence to a farm building, carrying a handgun and a backpack. Doran was later seen dropping his backpack and the gun on the ground in an open field. Soon after, Doran was taken into custody without further incident.
When law enforcement officers interviewed Doran later that same evening, he admitted to being aware that a no-contact order was in place, prohibiting him from contacting Holzrichter. He was aware that Holzrichter had tried to contact law enforcement while he was present at the residence to report he was there, according to the criminal complaint.
A revised criminal complaint says that Doran admitted to firing a 410 single-shot shotgun in the direction of an individual carrying a gun, later determined to be Reyhons. An earlier version of the complaint, filed the night of the disturbance, alleged that Holzrichter had shot the gun. The revised complaint alleging that Doran had shot the gun toward Reyhons was filed the next morning.
Court records say that Doran admitted to throwing a hatchet at Holzrichter’s head after he’d fired the 410 shotgun. Doran said he threw the hatchet because Holzrichter pointed a pistol at him and threatened him.
Clinton County District Court records say that authorities were called to the same address in July on a report that Doran was attempting to break into the residence. Deputies served Doran a no-trespass notice.
Doran is accused of going back to the residence the next night and taking items from the property. A criminal complaint was filed in September, accusing Doran of third-degree burglary and attempted second-degree burglary, both Class D felonies.
Doran, who is on parole for a 2018 drug conviction in Scott County, pleaded not guilty to the charges in mid-October. As part of his pre-trial release, Doran, who is a veteran, was ordered to receive two months of treatment at the VA Black Hills Health Center in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Court records say Doran was released from jail and went to the center, but due to COVID at the center, he was released. He was ordered to complete intensive outpatient treatment at the VA in the Quad-Cities, with housing in that area.
That case is heading to trial; a pre-trial conference is set for Feb. 4.
Doran remains in the Clinton County Jail with bond set at $100,000, cash only, for the first-degree burglary count, a Class B felony the carries a potential 25-year prison sentence.
Possession of a firearm by a felon is a Class D felony.