OELWEIN | An Oelwein woman who was allegedly shot by her husband inside their home Tuesday morning had sought help for domestic abuse last year, according to court records.
And her husband had a prior domestic violence conviction involving a gun from a more than a decade ago.
Niki Meador had filed a domestic abuse relief petition in Fayette County Court on Jan. 25, 2012, seeking protection from Myron Dewayne Meador. The order was soon lifted, and the matter was closed within a week, records indicate.
On Tuesday morning, Oelwein police found 38-year-old Niki Meador with multiple gunshot wounds inside her home at 170 10th Ave. NE. A warrant has been issued charging Myron Meador, 44, who was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, with attempted murder. Other charges are pending.
Niki Meador was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein and then flown to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Myron Meador was treated at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, according to Oelwein police.
According to court records and Courier archives, Myron Meador was arrested on misdemeanor charges in October 2001 for allegedly striking another woman in the chest with a firearm. At the time he was living in Waterloo. He pleaded guilty in December 2001 and was sentenced to 730 days in prison suspended to time served and two years' probation.
Residents said they were shocked when they heard about Tuesday's double shooting.
Neighbors said they heard gunfire at about 7 a.m. Police and medics arrived a short time later.
Police witnessed "active gunfire from inside the residence and began to engage the occupants," according to a release from the Oelwein police department.
"Responding officers, when they arrived, they attended to two victims, and they were taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein for treatment," said Police Chief Jeremy Logan.
The shooting occurred inside the home. The husband was detained when he left the home, Logan said. Niki Meador was discovered inside, he said.
Don Welsh, who lives about a block from the home, said he noticed squad cars when he awoke Tuesday. He knew something was wrong when he saw crime scene tape winding through adjacent yards outside his window.
Neighbors said the area is normally quiet.
"It's kind of laid back, and not a lot of activity. But all of our communities change. We got people that filtrate through," said Shirley Mendez.
Mendez lives two blocks away. She said the shooting was "too close for comfort."
Officers with the Oelwein Police Department, Fayette County Sheriff's Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation were at the scene most of Tuesday, and the road was blocked off.
In the afternoon, investigators began searching two vehicles in the home's driveway and entered the house.