High school football coach killed in Iowa

WATERLOO, Iowa, June 24 (UPI) -- High school football coach Ed Thomas was shot Wednesday in the weight room of his high school in Parkersburg, Iowa, and died at a hospital, several reports say.

The Des Moines Register said the Aplington-Parkersburg High School coach died at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo after being shot at about 8:30 a.m. in the weight room next to the school.


The school's business manager said Thomas was shot in the head, the Cedar Rapids Gazette reported.

Aplington-Parkersburg school superintendent Jon Thompson told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation would be investigating the shooting, which occurred in front of students.

Butler County Sheriff Jason Johnson confirmed a suspect was in custody, but did not release the individual's name.

"It's a young individual," Johnson said of the suspect. "We know of no other injuries," he added.

Thomas was named the NFL High School Coach of the Year in 2003 and has led his school to nearly 300 victories, and 19 state playoff appearances in his 37-year coaching career.

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