BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
FORT MADISON – A suspect is in custody this morning after shots were reportedly fired downtown early Sunday.
According to a release from Fort Madison Police Chief Mark Rohloff, at 2:53 a.m., there was a report of shots being fired in the 800 block of Avenue G.
Officers had been there at a disturbance call approximately a half hour earlier and were still in the near vicinity at the time. The involved parties had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival. The block was closed for a period to facilitate interviews and collection of evidence. There were no reports of injuries.
Rohloff said casings were recovered at the scene.
At present, a suspect has been taken into custody by Des Moines County Sheriff deputies after a brief pursuit. The matter is still in the initial stages of investigation and no further details are available.
According to one resident who lives in the area, eight to 10 shots were allegedly heard fired. Police had cordoned off the street and had red light evidence markers out in the middle of the block.
Rohloff said he believes the incident to be isolated between individuals and the public is not in any further danger.