Iowa man accused of attempted murder after entering home with gun, sledgehammer

Iowa man accused of attempted murder after entering home with gun, sledgehammer
Eric Byron Munson was arrested by Woodward Police on Jan. 6. (Dallas County Jail)

DALLAS COUNTY, Iowa — An Iowa man is accused of attempted murder after allegedly breaking into a home with a gun and sledgehammer, authorities said.

Eric Bryon Munson, 39, of Perry, was arrested Jan. 5 and charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office. He was being held in lieu of a $50,000 bond, according to arrest records.

According to the Woodward Police Department, Munson entered a home at 6:45 p.m. using the sledgehammer, according to KCCI. Police said Munson chased two men around the home while a woman hid in the bedroom, WHO-TV reported. The woman escaped unharmed from a bedroom window, according to KDLS Radio.

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Police said Munson “left three rounds of ammunition in the living room" from a long gun before returning to his home, WHO reported.

Authorities went to Munson’s home, and after a brief standoff he surrendered, KCCI reported.