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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office


Brooks, IOWA --- The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is releasing more information in the shooting incident that occurred in Adams County, Iowa on Monday, May 17, 2010, including the names of the victims and the suspect.

On Monday, May 17, 2010, 16 year old Daniel Beardsley was residing at the Clarinda Academy. Earlier in the day, Beardsley assaulted a staff member and another Clarinda Academy resident. He escaped from custody using a stolen Ford pickup.

Shortly before 5 p.m., Matthew J. Herring arrived home at 2415 Hickory Avenue in Brooks, Iowa. Upon entering his residence, Beardsley shot Herring in the right arm and right abdomen. Herring escaped the house and was taken to a local hospital. He was then airlifted to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. At this time Herring's condition is unknown.

At approximately 4:59 p.m., a 911 call came into the Adams County Dispatch center in reference to shots fired at 2415 Hickory Avenue in Brooks, Iowa. Upon arriving at the residence, Deputy Jason Swanson was fired upon by Beardsley. The deputy returned fire and retreated from the residence. The deputy and his vehicle were hit by rounds fired from the residence. The deputy was treated for minor injuries.

Law enforcement from numerous local police departments and sheriff's offices along with the Iowa State Patrol and Special Agents from the Division of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene. Beardsley continued to fire rounds at law enforcement officers. An Iowa State Patrol negotiator spoke with Beardsley, who barricaded himself inside the residence.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Iowa State Patrol negotiator convinced Beardsley to come out of the residence. Beardsley surrendered to members of the Iowa State Patrol tactical team and was taken into custody. Beardsley has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

The investigation is ongoing. Upon review of the case report, additional charges may be filed.

It should be noted a criminal charge is merely an accusation and all suspects are considered innocent until and unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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

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