March 5, 2009

First Iowa Charges Filed in Shooting Incident

The first charges have been filed in Iowa following the February 12th arrests of three northeast Missouri fugitives that allegedly shot at a Scotland County Sheriff’s deputy during a high-speed chase that had initiated in Scotland County.

Kenneth Alan Thompson, 35, of Kirksville, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged in the Iowa District Court in Van Buren County with the Class D felony of a felon in possession of a firearm.

The probable cause statement attached to the charge indicated that Thompson, a convicted felon, handled the firearm involved in the shooting incident.

According to the statement, the vehicle reportedly stopped at the intersection of 295th Street and Lark Avenue in Van Buren County, where the driver fired six rounds from a 9mm semi automatic handgun at the approaching deputy sheriff’s truck, striking it at least once.

The driver reportedly reentered the car at which time he passed the weapon to Thompson, who allegedly concealed the weapon between the seats.

All portions of this statement are allegations that must be proven in a court of law.

The charge was filed February 27th. As of press time March 3rd, no charges have been filed against the alleged shooter in the February 12th incident.

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