Story County man accused of firing gun during altercation over dog, money

A Story County man is facing multiple criminal charges after reportedly firing a gun during an altercation at a rural Collins property.

According to Story City Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Leanna Ellis, 34-year-old Robert James Shryock had warrants issued for his arrest following an incident at his residence near Collins. “Two female subjects and a child had gone to Shryock’s residence due to a dispute,” Ellis explained. “[The victims] reported that, after a verbal altercation, Shryock displayed a handgun, made threatening comments, and then fired the handgun.”

Ellis noted that the shooting, which allegedly occurred on August 7 at approximately 11:27 p.m., transpired after a dispute over “a dog and some money.”

It is “unknown” whether the shots fired during the incident were aimed at the victims, according to Ellis. “[The victims] were in a vehicle when shots were fired,” she said. “There was nothing to indicate that shots hit the vehicle, but it’s unknown if they were fired in their direction.

“Attempts to make contact with Shryock that night were unsuccessful,” Ellis continued. “So, warrants were requested [for his arrest].”

Robert J. Shryock, 34, is accused of firing a gun following a verbal altercation that involved two females and a child. (Photo: Story County Jail)

Shryock was later located and taken into custody. He faces the following charges:

  • Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon – Injure/Provoke Fear, a class “C” felony
  • First Degree Harassment, an aggravated misdemeanor
  • Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor (two counts)

After being booked at the Story County Jail, Shryock posted bond, per court documents. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court Monday at 1:00 p.m.

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