Council Bluffs police investigating fatal shooting of elderly woman

Pottawattamie County officials are investigating the death of an 83-year-old woman who died...
Pottawattamie County officials are investigating the death of an 83-year-old woman who died from a gunshot wound early Sunday morning.(Matt Rourke | AP)
Published: Nov. 8, 2021 at 12:47 PM CST
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COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (WOWT) - Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched Sunday morning to a shooting that left one elderly woman dead.

Officials say the incident happened around 7:45 a.m. near the 400 block of Timber Drive, just east of Council Bluffs.

Reports state that upon arrival, deputies made contact with 86-year-old Harvey Rankin who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Once they entered the residence, deputies reportedly discovered 83-year-old Bonnie Rankin deceased.

Authorities state Harvey Rankin was transported to UNMC as a deputy followed the ambulance to the hospital and placed a law enforcement hold on him.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Investigation Division was assisted by the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response team on Timber Drive to conduct a death investigation.

Officials said everyone they believe to be involved in the incident is accounted for and that there is no danger to the public.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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