Local man charged for firing gun in Ecumenical Towers

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 04, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police have charged a man after he allegedly discharged a weapon in the Ecumenical Towers last week.

Stephen Clark Caldwell, 69, 320 E. Washington St. Apt. 11H, was charged Feb. 21 with intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

According to a press release, police were called to the Ecumenical Towers after a report of loud noises, sounding like gunshots, coming from within the building.

After further investigation, officers allegedly found Caldwell had fired a handgun inside a hallway in the building but did not have an intended target.

The release said the shots caused no property damage to the hallway, but no one was injured in the incident.

When asked why he discharged the weapon, police said Caldwell responded with, “Who knows?”

Caldwell was not injured by the firearm, but officials said he was taken to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for further evaluation before being taken to the Johnson County Jail.

Intimidation with a dangerous weapon is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $7,500.

— by Hayley Bruce

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