July 4, 2024

CLEARFIELD, Iowa - At 3:19 a.m. on July 4, 2024, the Taylor County 911 Communication Center began to receive several calls for a shooting that occurred on Broadway Street in Clearfield, Iowa. When deputies arrived, they found one male deceased from a gunshot wound. 

The victim has been identified as Colby Nelson, 19, of Lenox, Iowa. A forensic autopsy will be performed by the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa.

Deputies took Alan Schultz, 37, of Bedford, Iowa, into custody without incident. Schultz has been charged with Murder in the First Degree.

This is an ongoing investigation. No additional information will be released at this time.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. 

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Booking Photo

Schultz, Alan Booking photo


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