Suspect in custody after police chief shot

A man is in custody after the Police Chief in Perry was shot in the leg early Tuesday morning (5/10). The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the shooting happened around 5 a.m. Tuesday, injuring Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughan. Perry Police say they responded to a report of a shooting and found 30-year-old Jeremiah Messner had shot out the back window of a vehicle.  Then during negotiations with the suspect, Messner asked Vaughan for a lighter and dropped his gun.  But as Police moved in, Messner got his gun back and shot Vaughan in the leg.  Deputies used a taser to subdue Messner and make the arrest.  Vaughan was shot in the upper thigh and was airlifted to a Des Moines hospital.  His injuries are not life-threatening. Messner is in custody; he’s been charged with four felonies: attempted murder, possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, being armed with intent and trafficking stolen weapons.


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