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Witness Talks About Soccer Shooting

August 13, 2001

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) _ Police shot and killed a man who a witness said had fired a gun into the air to stop a fight at an adult soccer match.

Jose Marcos Santos, 41, of Omaha died of three gunshot wounds to the chest, according to preliminary autopsy results released Monday. He also was wounded in the right leg and left wrist.

The autopsy also found that Santos, at the time of the shooting, was suffering from a stab wound which had cut his liver.

The fight broke out Sunday afternoon at the soccer match attended by as many as 500 fans after a player kicked a referee, who then called an early end to the match.

Police Chief Keith Mehlin said officers Dale Schmitz and Dana Schott fired 11 times after Santos fired twice.

Two other men were wounded, one critically.

Bob Henderson, the state’s Criminal Investigation Division agent in charge, said he believed those men had been hit by police gunfire, but that had not been confirmed.

Santos’ sister, Martha Santos, said someone handed her brother the gun, which he then shot into the air to stop the fight. She said police never warned her brother before firing.

Police officials declined comment on Santos’ allegations.

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