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Iowa DCI investigates shooting of Perry Police Chief, 30-year-old suspect in custody

Perry, IOWA – According to the DCI officials, the shots fired incident occurred right before 5 a.m. early  Tuesday morning.

It happened in the 1800 block of 5th Street.

Perry Police Department officers responded to a shooting call.

When the officers arrived on scene, they reportedly found multiple bullet holes in an unoccupied vehicle.

According to DCI, the 30-year-old suspect, later identified as Jeremiah Messner, reportedly fired shots into the vehicle.

Just 2 hours later, near West 8th Street and Saint Paul Street, law enforcement officers from the Perry Police Department, Dallas County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol located the suspect, who was armed with a handgun.

Officers negotiated with the suspect and persuaded him to place the handgun on the ground.

As they attempted to take the suspect  into custody, he was able to regain possession of the handgun.

During the struggle with officers, the suspect fired his handgun striking Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn in the upper leg.

Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn reportedly suffered non-life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.

DCI agents have charged Jeremiah Messner with four felonies: Attempted Murder, Possession of Firearm by a Prohibited Person, Going Armed with Intent and Trafficking Stolen Weapons.

This story will be updated as new information become available. 

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