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Court Documents: Hug Led to Shooting at Owl’s Nest

By Ellis Codjoe, March 20, 2017

Court Documents made available Monday morning are beginning to shed new light on a shooting in Ottumwa.

Authorities have been investigating the incident since the early morning hours of March 11th.

Cody Pickerell, 27, of Ottumwa has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He has since bonded out of the Wapello County Jail.

Documents say that police were first notified of an incident at 2:09 AM when they received a 911 call of several gunshots heard in the 900 block of Silk Street in Ottumwa. The caller reported seeing a black or maroon truck speed off after 5-7 gunshots were heard.

Police canvased the neighborhood but were unable to locate anything related to the report.

At 3:23 AM, officers were called to the Owl’s Nest on reports of an attempted robbery. When they arrived, officers learned that a male subject later identified as Cody Pickerell attempted to open the front door of the bar. Pickerell found the door locked and “stepped out of the entrance and aimed a bi-tone handgun at the door.”

Bar staff told officers that a man had been inside the bar waiting for a cab when the incident occurred. “Staff advised that they heard several loud pops then the patron fell down and yelled “Oww”. The patron then left the bar in a cab.

The patron is identified later in the documents as Trenton Himes of Des Moines.

Police contacted the cab company and learned that Himes was dropped off at Pickerell’s home at 1046 Bruce Street. They responded to that location and found the front door had been forced open.

Officers located Trenton Himes inside the home with a gunshot wound to the arm. Himes was reportedly bleeding heavily from his wound.

Officers also located a Mitsubishi Outlander in the driveway that had several bullets fired into it. Police noted that they believe the 911 call at 2:09 was related to Pickerell’s shooting of the Outlander. They state the location of the 911 call is only 200 feet from where the vehicle was shot.

Police interviewed Pickerell, his fiance, Kayla Bonner and Himes trying to find out what led to the shooting. Bonner told police that the three visited several bars on the night of the shooting.

During his interview with police, Pickerell apparently admitted that he saw Himes and Bonner hug while at the Owl’s Nest. This angered Pickerell to the point he left the bar and returned home to retrieve a handgun. He returned to the Owl’s Nest and “could hear people laughing inside so he shot several bullets into the door attempting to make entry into the bar.”

When Pickerell still couldn’t get into the bar, he left and went to his mother’s house on Jay Street. There he attempted to dispose of the handgun by throwing it into the backyard of the residence. Police recovered a 40 caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in the area where Pickerell stated he had thrown it.

Police say that additional charges are pending. They declined to say what those charges would be or who would be charged.

Please note the following:

A criminal charge is merely an accusation and defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

This report contains preliminary information including information obtained through a police search warrant application. Preliminary information is often found to be inaccurate during the continuing investigation. Eyewitness statements can be incomplete or untruthful. 

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