Domestic Disturbance Call Turns Into a Standoff With Police in Iowa


At approximately 11 p.m. Saturday night, deputies in Aurora, IA received a domestic disturbance call at a local mobile home park. As officers were en route, dispatch received a second phone call from neighbors who heard 55-year-old Dennis Chamberlain threatening a woman with a gun.

Buchanan County Sheriff's
Buchanan County Sheriff’s

When authorities arrived on scene, they attempted to talk to Chamberlain but he wasn’t interested in discussion and began shooting at police officers. Deputies did not return fire, calling in a hostage negotiator to talk to the man instead as well as a number of other agencies, including the Iowa State Police Tactical Team, Aurora Fire Department and Oelwein Mercy Ambulance Service were called in.

The stand-off with police lasted roughly two hours before Chamberlain finally gave up and Buchanan County Sheriff’s deputies took him into custody.

Chamberlin faces numerous charges including Attempted Murder, Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Domestic Abuse Assault with Dangerous Weapon, Reckless Use of Firearm Causing Property Damage and False Imprisonment.

No one was injured in the

In 2003, Chamberlin served time for interference with official acts, causing bodily injury, and assault on peace officers and others.

If you feel threatened by an abuser or are in fear for your safety or life, please reach out for help and don’t hesitate to call police if you are in immediate danger.

Think danger may be in your near future?

Take a class. Connect with a group in your area. Protect your firearm and teach others gun safety.

Together, we can empower women to strengthen their personal protection plan to ensure they are never victimized again.

Sep 28, 2021 2:30 PM ET