Swanson Jr., charges include attempted murder

FORT MADISON – Fort Madison Police are charging a 30-year-old Fort Madison man with attempted murder and two other charges stemming from a shooting Saturday in the city.

Police captured Gary Swanson Jr., at around 4:15 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of 26th Street after a police officer, who was on his way home after a shift, spotted Swanson. Police had been asking the public for it’s help in locating Swanson. He was sought in connection with a shooting that happened Saturday just after 7 p.m. in the 1500 block of Avenue M.


Police Chief Tim Sittig said at 7:24 p.m. Saturday police officers were called to the Fort Madison Community Hospital Emergency Room where 34-year-old James Michael Rhoer, of Fort Madison was being treated for a superficial gun shot wound.

Rhoer was treated and released.

Swanson is now facing charges of attempted murder, willfull injury and a felon in possession of a firearm. All three charges are felonies with attempted murder being a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison. Willfull injury is a class 3 felony in Iowa and carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. The felon in possession of a firearm is a class D felony and carries with it a maximum of five years and a $7,500 fine.

Swanson is being held at the Lee County jail on a $100,000 cash only bond and has a Nov. 29 court appearance at 11 a.m.

Sittig said the shooting appears to have occurred in the area of 15th and 16th Streets near Avenue M. No possible motive for the shooting was released.

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