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Fort Dodge woman fatally shot; police arrest husband

FORT DODGE — A Fort Dodge woman has been shot to death at her home, and police have arrested her husband in the shooting after an overnight search for him. officials said.

The shooting happened around 2 p.m. Wednesday, when officers were called to a Fort Dodge home for reports of a shooting. Arriving officers found Maggie Hurdel, 38, with a gunshot wound. She died at the scene, police said.

Her husband, 43-year-old Justin Hurdel, had fled the home in a vehicle after the shooting, police said. The vehicle was later found abandoned. Police said Justin Hurdel was found around 7 a.m. Thursday hiding in a shed. He was taken to a hospital for injuries police say he sustained before his arrest. He has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder.

Thursday’s arrest was not Hurdel’s first brush with the law, police said. Last month, he was arrested on two different occasions for incidents involving his wife. He was charged with two counts of domestic abuse assault for incidents on July 11 and July 20. Court documents show he was released on bond on July 30, the Messenger reported.

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