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Names released in Cresco murder investigation; suspect allegedly fired bow at law enforcement

Brian Fullhart, 34, is being held on $1 million bond.

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 10:41 AM
Updated: Mar. 3, 2018 8:36 PM

CRESCO, Iowa – Court documents shed light on a frightening situation where authorities say Brian Fullhart, 34, shot and killed his wife, Zoanne, before threatening police early Thursday morning.
According to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Fullhart is facing charges of first-degree murder and going armed with intent and is being held in the Winneshiek County Jail on $1 million bond.
Police were called to 700 S. Elm St. at 1:22 a.m. Thursday after a report of shots fired. Law enforcement responded and spoke with a witness who said Brian Fullhart had possession of a handgun and they heard an altercation between him and his wife.
According to court documents, Fullhart told police that he would “shoot their heads off” and proceeded to barricade himself inside the residence.
He was taken into custody at 6:45 a.m.
During interviews with witnesses who were inside the residence at Lot 32 on the evening of Feb. 28, they said “Fullhart was in the back room with Zoanne when they heard a gunshot, turned around and saw Zoanne had been shot with Fullhart holding the gun.”
During the standoff, authorities say that on two occasions, Brian Fullhart “did fire upon law enforcement with a compound bow. At least one of those times, striking a police squad car.”
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 12 at 1 p.m.

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