Selma shooting update: Ottumwa man charged with attempted murder
SELMA — Rusty Eugene Salter, 32, of Ottumwa, has been charged with attempted murder, a class B felony and criminal mischief.
Salter was arrested at Ottumwa Regional Hospital Saturday afternoon after an incident where shots were fired at the residence of 11883 Bridge St. in Selma.
According to complaints filed, Salter visited the home of 50-year-old Randall Ray Ritz of 11883 Bridge St., in Selma. An altercation ensued and Salter was allegedly assaulted.
Richard Todd Ritz, 52, of Mustang, Okla., and Austin Lee Ritz, 29, of Oklahoma City, were arrested for willful injury, a class D felony. Richard Ritz and Randall Ritz are brothers, but the relationship of Austin Ritz has not been determined.
Salter allegedly fired multiple shots with a rifle into the home of Randall Ritz. Richard Ritz reportedly stepped outside of the house and fired a warning shot in the air with a .357 handgun.
The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 call at 1:15 p.m. reporting an altercation with shots fired at 11883 Bridge St. Iowa State Patrol also responded, as well as the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office, Wapello County Sheriffs Office, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Van Buren County ambulance and Van Buren First Responders.
Authorities have made four arrests in association with the incident.
Salter was arrested at 6:23 p.m. Saturday at Ottumwa Regional Hospital for attempt to commit murder and criminal mischief in the second degree. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.
Richard Ritz was arrested at 2 p.m. Saturday in Selma for assault (display or use of a weapon) and willful injury. He was released Sunday on a $5,000 bond.
The sheriff's office arrested Randall Ritz, at his home — the scene of the altercation at 11883 Bridge St. — for manufacturing marijuana and failure to affix drug stamp. He is being held on a $5,000 bond.
Austin Ritz, was arrested at 8 p.m. Sunday at 11883 Bridge St. and charged with willful injury. He was released Monday on a $5,000 bond.