MILFORD, Iowa | The man who was found dead after a standoff in Dickinson County on Sunday died from self-inflicted gunshots, according to results of a state report Friday.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation released details of the death of Robert Brunner, 52, of Milford, following an autopsy. The agency's press release also identified Milford Police Department Officer Jesse Hoss as the officer who fired his gun, after he and an Arnolds Park Police Department officer responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at 26 Westview Drive on Sunday.
The press release said Brunner pointed a handgun at the two officers as they approached the home, then shots were exchanged by Brunner and Hoss.
After that, the officers retreated to a safe spot and additional officers arrived. The release said law enforcement officers attempted for several hours to make contact with Brunner, but that was not successful. About midnight, officers entered the home and found Brunner dead.
The Iowa Office of State Medical Examiner conducted a forensic autopsy on Brunner on Thursday in Ankeny, Iowa. Initial autopsy results show Brunner sustained a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and another gunshot wound to his torso.
The Iowa DCI is continuing an investigation. Once the investigation has been completed, the information will be turned over to Dickinson County Attorney Jon Martin for his review.
Hoss has been placed on administrative leave, to comply with the policy when an officer is involved in a shooting.