Ottumwa Man Charged With Attempted Murder


An Ottumwa man is facing charges after allegedly shooting a person with a crossbow.

According to a press release, on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, at approximately 1:13 a.m., the Ottumwa Police Department responded to a residence on Evergreen on a report that a female had been shot with a crossbow. The victim was identified as 68-year-old Lillian Dennison. The victim was shot while sleeping on a couch inside the residence. The victim sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from the hospital.

Later that morning at approximately 10:00 a.m., officers from the Ottumwa Police Department and the Wapello County Sheriff’s Department arrested 68-year-old George Edward Dennison near the wooded area around Evergreen and Mable in Ottumwa. Dennison has been charged with Attempt To Commit Murder (a Class B Felony) and Domestic Abuse Assault (an aggravated misdemeanor). He is currently being held in the Wapello County Jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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