Iowa police chief shot during struggle with suspect

Chief Eric Vaughn was airlifted to a hospital after being shot during the "rolling standoff"

By Police1 Staff

PERRY, Iowa — A police chief was shot Tuesday morning during what authorities are calling a “rolling standoff.”

Perry Chief Eric Vaughn was shot in the leg as officers attempted to arrest suspect Jeremiah Messner, according to 5 News

Messner allegedly shot out the back window of a vehicle, prompting a police response that led to a multi-hour search and standoff. 

Messner put down a handgun during the standoff after officers offered him a lighter. As they moved to make an arrest, a struggle ensued and Vaughn was shot in the leg. He is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday. 

Charges against Messner are pending. 


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