December 11, 2019

FORT MADISON, Iowa --  On December 10, 2019, at approximately 10:56 PM the Fort Madison Police Department was called to a local manufacturing warehouse reference an individual armed with a handgun.  Upon arrival, law enforcement encountered the individual who was subsequently shot by a Fort Madison police officer.  The subject was transported to the Fort Madison Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  

The Fort Madison Police Department contacted the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to request an independent investigation into the shooting.  Per protocol, the name of the police officer is being withheld pending an interview with the DCI.

Departments responding to the incident consisted of the Fort Madison Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa Department of Corrections-Probation and Patrol, Iowa State Fort Madison Penitentiary, West Point and Donnellson Police Department, Fort Madison Fire Department and the Lee County Ambulance Service. 

No additional information will be released at this time.


The Iowa Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the largest law enforcement agency in the state. It includes six divisions and several bureaus, all working together with local, state and federal government agencies and the private sector, to keep Iowa a safe place by following our core values: leadership, integrity, professionalism, courtesy, service and protection. Divisions within the Iowa DPS: Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement, Iowa State Patrol, Iowa State Fire Marshal Division, Iowa Division of Intelligence and Fusion Center, and Administrative Services Division. The Department of Public Safety is led by the Commissioner who is appointed by the Governor.

Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 E 7th St
Des Moines IA 50319