Jul 6, 2022 - Politics

Iowa House candidate charged after accidental shooting

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Iowa House candidate Sonya Heitshusen was checking on a gun in her home after receiving ongoing threatening messages through social media when it accidentally discharged last week, she said in a media statement Wednesday.

  • No injuries were reported but, on Tuesday, the West Des Moines Democrat was arrested on a charge of reckless use of a firearm.

Why it matters: Heitshusen is an advocate for more gun control.

  • She intentionally and recklessly pulled the trigger during a 11:20pm June 27th incident at her home, WDM police said in a court document.

Details: Heitshusen, a former WHO-13 news anchor, she had been receiving threats for her views on abortion, according to a police report obtained by Axios. 

  • The gun accidentally discharged as she placed it on a table, piercing a glass door and exiting in an unknown direction.
  • Her partner was not home at the time of the incident, according to the report.

What she's saying: Heitshusen said her partner — a Des Moines police officer — planned to be out-of-town so she checked on a gun when it accidentally discharged.

  • She said she takes full responsibility for the incident, which was reported by herself and her partner.

What's next: A court date in the case is set for July 18.

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