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Person suffers gunshot wound, but declines to press charges

By Andy Hallman, Ledger news editor | Aug 04, 2017

A person was shot with a firearm Wednesday in Fairfield, but so far no charges have been filed in the case because the shooting victim does not wish to press them.

The incident occurred at 10:47 p.m. at 804 W. Depot Ave. The Jefferson County Law Center received a report of a subject who was shot with a firearm.

According to a press release from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office, the subject had been taken to the Jefferson County Health Center before officers and deputies arrived on the scene. The release indicated that the victim’s medical condition is unknown at this time.

Fairfield Police Chief David Thomas was not at liberty to disclose many details about the event, other than to stress there is no threat to the public the police are aware of.

Thomas said police are unsure if the victim was shot because of an accidental discharge. The police do know that the gun was being held by someone other than the victim at the time.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation arrived to assist in the investigation, but once the victim made it clear they did not want to press charges, DCI ceased its participation.

Thomas said police must obtain the victim’s consent to charge a perpetrator with a crime such as theft or assault. An exception to this is domestic assault, which does not require the victim’s consent to press charges.


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