Charges won't be filed in connection with man's death
FAIRFIELD — Charges will not be forthcoming in the death of a rural Mt. Pleasant man in Lockridge Sept. 4.
Jefferson County Attorney Timothy W. Dille said in a press release Wednesday afternoon that he will not file criminal charges at this time in connection with the death of David Bittner at a Lockridge residence.
Dille said an investigation into the shooting and statements taken from witnesses were reviewed by his office as well as discussed with investigators. “It has been determined at this time that the shooting was justified and no criminal charges will be filed against any individual at this time,” Dille said.
Jefferson County deputies responded to a 911 call from a Lockridge residence on Sept. 4. Upon arrival, they found that Bittner had been shot in the abdomen from a shell from a shotgun.
Bittner was transported to the Jefferson County Health Center where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy performed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner ruled the cause of death was a shotgun (slug) wound of the abdomen.
Assisting in the investigation was the Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol, Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Lockridge Quick Responders, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Reserve, Lockridge Fire Department, Midwest Ambulance Service and the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office.