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Police: Mapleton, Iowa, shooting was to get ex-wife's attention

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MONONA COUNTY, Iowa -- For the second time this month, charges have been filed against a Mapleton, Iowa, man accusing him of having someone shoot him in hopes of garnering sympathy from an ex-wife. 

Investigators on Friday said Darren Hieber hired two men to shoot at him on Thursday morning in Mapleton.

Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Special Agent Laura Myers said Hieber wanted the shooting to get the attention of his former wife. No one was hurt in the incident, she said.

Hieber was charged with felony intimidation with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy; two felony counts of solicitation; and four counts of felony extortion.

Joseph Roberts, 19, of Omaha, was charged with felony weapon and conspiracy charges. Timothy Culley, 19, of Omaha, was charged with felony conspiracy.

The shooting, in the 14000 block of Poplar Avenue, was reported to 911 around 8:35 a.m. Myers said she would not disclose who made the call or how Roberts or Culley were involved.

The case is under investigation.

The incident occurred shortly after prosecutors charged Hieber for his involvement in a Feb. 5 shooting. In that case, he's accused of having an employee of his Onawa trucking shop shoot him in the leg and claim it happened after they interrupted a burglary at the business.

Hieber is charged with conspiracy, reckless use of a firearm and making a false report to law enforcement in the February incident.

Authorities have said Hieber created the situation to distract from personal problems and draw attention from his former wife.

He was arrested and released on bond earlier this month.

The employee, Brady Chapman, 24, has also been charged in the case.

Officials initially said Hieber had a non-life threatening gunshot wound in the Thursday shooting. Myers said that information was incorrect and Hieber not hurt.

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Nate Robson is the education reporter for the Journal. He writes about issues impacting local school districts and colleges.

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