February 5, 2020

MAPLETON, Iowa -- At approximately 9:40 PM on January 31, 2020, Mapleton Police and EMS responded to a 911 call of a shooting that occurred in Mapleton.  The name of the victim has been identified as 16-year-old Joseph Hopkins of Mapleton, Iowa.  An autopsy was conducted on Monday by the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.  Hopkins died as a result of a single gunshot wound.  Investigators do not believe there is a current danger to the public.  The investigation is ongoing and no further details are being released at this time.

Previous press release - February 1, 2020


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