- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

GLENWOOD, Iowa (AP) - Three people, including a former Iowa State basketball standout, have been charged in a weekend confrontation that left a high school principal and two others injured, authorities said.

The Mills County Attorney’s Office said Wednesday that former basketball player Hurl Beechum, 42, Denver Cook, 18, and Colton McDaniel, 21, face different charges following Sunday evening’s fight and shooting in Glenwood. The charges include intimidation with a dangerous weapon and assault causing bodily injury.

Court records do not list attorneys for the men.

According to an affidavit, the incident began as Richard Hutchinson, principal at Glenwood Community High School, washed a car outside his home. He confronted a group of young adults nearby about a woman’s use of a racial slur, The Des Moines Register reported (https://dmreg.co/1O8tjva ). Cook and McDaniel were in the group.

“Mr. Hutchinson attempted to verbally correct the group of individuals about the inappropriateness of the slur,” Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Daniel Dawson wrote in the affidavit.

The confrontation led to Cook punching Hutchinson, according to Dawson. McDaniel and Cook then began punching and kicking Hutchinson, the affidavit said.

Beechum, Hutchinson’s stepson, was at the scene. According to the affidavit, he became involved in the fight and was attacked, briefly left, returned with a gun and shot McDaniel in the leg.

Beechum later told authorities, “They jumped us, so I had to shoot him,” according to the affidavit.

Mills County Attorney Tricia McSorley said others in the group were trying to help the principal by the time Beechum returned with the gun.

“He really placed everyone in harm there,” she said of Beechum.

McDaniel and Cook made initial court appearances Wednesday. The Register reported that Beechum, who has returned to his home in Arizona, is expected to turn himself in soon.

Another man, Russell Whitehouse, 20, faces weapons charges in the incident. McSorley said Whitehouse posted on Facebook after the shooting that he was “seeking vigilante justice.”

Officers say they stopped Whitehouse’s vehicle a few blocks from Hutchinson’s Glenwood home and found a gun and sword. Court records don’t list the name of an attorney who could be contacted to comment on Whitehouse’s behalf.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com


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