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Johnston Police investigating fatal stabbing on Merle Hay Rd; 55-year-old suspect in custody

Johnston, IOWA – According to the Johnston Police Department, this unfortunate incident occurred right after 5 p.m. Monday afternoon.

It happened at 5350 Merle Hay Rd.

Johnston Police Department officers responded to a report of a stabbing.

The responding officers found one victim.

Police said the victim suffered life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead.

Johnston Police Department officials said 55-year-old suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

His name is Spencer Pierce and he is now charged with Murder in the 1st Degree and Burglary in the 1st degree with bodily injury.

Officers at the scene determined this was not a random event, the parties were known to each other. 

This incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

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