Police connect Tuesday night shooting incidents

BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
PCC EDITOR

FORT MADISON – A suspect shot by a Fort Madison police officer inside the Scotts Miracle-Gro facility Tuesday night was the same man involved in a shooting about 45 minutes prior in a Fort Madison neighborhood

Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff confirmed early Wednesday morning that the suspect, who was shot by a Fort Madison Police officer twice in the chest, was the same person who had shot a Fort Madison man in the neck about 45 minutes earlier.

The first shooting took place around 10:15 p.m in the 3100 block of Avenue O. Officials at the scene said law enforcement officers were actively looking for the suspect in the shooting.

At about 10:55 p.m., another call came in from LeeComm that a male subject had entered the Scotts facility and was running through the plant. A very short time later, the suspect was reported to have a gun and a radio and moments later officers reported shots had been fired and the suspect was down.

“We have an officer involved shooting at the Scotts facility and I can’t go into much more detail than that at this point,” said Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff.

“This is the second incident of the night involving the same person. They are related. He went from one scene to the next and that’s where he had an encounter with the officers.”

Rohloff said the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigations would be involved in the ongoing investigation.

Iowa State Patrol, Fort Madison Police, Lee County Sheriff’s deputies and Lee County EMS all responded to both calls. Several air evac helicopters were also called to Fort Madison Community Hospital where both the earlier shooting victim and the suspect were transported.

The man shot on Avenue O was airlifted to another facility for medical treatment.

The conditions of both men shot were not available as of this posting, but CPR was being administered to the suspect in transit to FMCH.

No information about any other injuries related to either incident has been reported.

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