July 30, 2020

WINTERSET, Iowa - This is not a press release from the Iowa Department of Public Safety. It is being distributed on behalf of the Madison County Sheriff's Office.

On July 29, following an investigation by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation into the July 21 shooting death of Jonathan Hoffman, Madison County Deputies arrested Gerald Parker (41) of Creston. Parker has been charged with (1) count of Murder in the 1st Degree. Parker has been booked into the Madison County Jail. The investigation is on-going. 

Jonathan Hoffman was found shot to death in rural Madison County at the intersection of Grandview Trl & Macksburg Rd at around 3:30 PM on Tuesday July 21st after a delivery driver found him face down in the intersection. 

Previous Madison County Press Release - July 22, 2020

Photo of Gerald Parker



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.

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