Swaledale firearm situation resolved, shelter-in-place lifted according to law enforcement

Swaledale standoff

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(ABC 6 News) – Shelter-in-place orders and an hours long stand off took storm in Swaledale, Iowa shortly before noon on Monday.

A Cerro Gordo County deputy responded to a domestic call around 10:53 a.m.

Upon arrival, 43-year-old John Jackson of Swaledale fought with a deputy.

Officials say the Jackson was armed with a shotgun, which lead to a large response from law enforcement.

Swaledale, a town of barely 150 people, rarely sees a heavy law enforcement presence equal to a quarter of their population.

“This is highly unusual for our county,” said Sheriff Kevin Pals, of Cerro Gordo County. “Anytime there’s a barricaded somebody, a subject in a house, we’re going to have all the extra help we can to end it peacefully. You want to make sure you have enough help there to control the scene.”

On Monday morning, Jackson barricaded himself inside his home and refused to come out. The large law enforcement response left the small community on edge.

“I was kind of nervous actually,” said Hannah Schutte, a local postal worker in Cerro Gordo County. “When I’d seen the SWAT car. Never been in that kind of situation, before especially working around the area.”

The stand off lasted about two hours and ended peacefully, with neither side firing a shot.

“The great thing is it ended peacefully and that’s all the outcomes we wanted, I think. Some of these situations could have been avoided. Sometimes it’s hard to get ahold of people when they’re inside their house. It could have ended sooner, but we’re just glad it ended peacefully,” Pals said.

Jackson is charged with attempt to disarm an officer and is currently being held on $5,000 bail.


Law enforcement in Swaledale told ABC 6 News at the scene that a situation involving a person with a firearm has been peacefully resolved.

A welfare check Monday, March 4 turned into a mental health crisis in a Swaledale home, Cerro Gordo sheriff Kevin Pals said.

Pals said an adult woman left the home as law enforcement arrived to negotiate with a man who had a firearm.

Negotiations lasted about 2 hours, Pals said, and concluded around 1:30 p.m.

A criminal charge will be recommended, and the CGSO will release more information on the incident this afternoon, he added.

ABC 6 News will update this story as more information is available.


(ABC 6 News) – The Cerro Gordo Sheriff’s Office ordered county residents to remain indoors and shelter in their basements during an active situation in Swaledale, which involves a subject with a firearm.

The Sheriff’s Office plans to notify residents when there is an all-clear.