KEOKUK - On November 11th, 2023, at approximately 10:28 p.m., Keokuk Police Officers were dispatched to 3405 South 7th Street in reference to a subject discharging a firearm towards a group of people.
Officers would arrive on scene and learn that a male subject, identified as Martin Alvarez, 37, of Keokuk, had armed himself with a rifle and subsequently fired the rifle multiple times in the air, at windows of his residence at 3405 South 7th Street, towards a wooded area, towards South 7th Street, and in the general vicinity of a group of individuals on his property. The group of individuals were not on the property unlawfully. Alvarez then went into his residence with the rifle.
The Iowa State Patrol and the Lee County Sheriffs Office arrived on scene to assist the Keokuk Police Department during this incident.
Officers attempted to make contact with Alvarez multiple times with no success.
The Keokuk Police Department applied for and received a search warrant for the residence. An armored vehicle was requested from the Iowa State Patrol to be utilized in the service of the search warrant. Once the vehicle arrived on scene, an approach was made to the residence. The officers employed the armored vehicle's public announcement system to make contact with Alvarez. Alvarez would surrender himself at this time without further incident.
A search of the residence was conducted, and multiple items of evidentiary value were collected.
Alvarez was arrested and charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, a class C felony, and Reckless Use of a Firearm, a simple misdemeanor.
There were no physical injuries related to the discharge of the firearm reported.
The Iowa State Patrol, Lee County Sheriffs Office, and the Lee County Consolidated Dispatch assisted the Keokuk Police Department during this investigation.
An arrest is merely an accusation supported by probable cause, all defendants are presumed innocent unless convicted in a court of law .
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