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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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Floyd County Grand Jury Reviews Officer Involved Shooting

Floyd County, IOWA --- Today a Grand Jury in Floyd County has concluded its review of the officer involved shooting that took place on June 22, 2011 involving State Trooper Tyrel Williamson, State Trooper Mark Ades, and Floyd County Deputy Chris Myers.  The Grand Jury concluded there will be no charges filed regarding the actions of the officers involved in the shooting of the suspect, 30 year old John Pekrun of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

At approximately 1:15 PM on June 22, 2011, a pursuit involving the Iowa State Patrol Troopers, Mitchell County Sheriff’s Deputies and Floyd County Sheriff’s Deputies concluded at the intersection of County Road B33 (155th St.) and Timber Ave., a rural area approximately four miles east of Floyd, Iowa.

Earlier on June 22, 2011, the State of Wisconsin issued a warrant for probation violation for Pekrun. In addition to the warrant, Pekrun was also suspected of stealing a vehicle. At approximately noon of that day, Iowa State Patrol Troopers spotted Pekrun and initiated a pursuit.  The pursuit of Pekrun continued until he left Iowa and entered Minnesota.  At that time, Minnesota authorities continued to pursue the suspect, until he again re-entered Iowa.  Iowa officers pursued Pekrun to County Road B-33 where he lost control of the stolen vehicle he was driving.  Pekrun came out of the vehicle armed with a hunting style knife and was confronted by Troopers Tyrel Williamson and Mark Ades, as well as Floyd County Deputy Chris Myers.

Pekrun refused to obey the officers' repeated commands to drop the knife.

While attempting to take Pekrun into custody, Deputy Myers discharged a Taser, but the Taser was not effective. Pekrun continued to actively resist, refusing to obey the officers' commands, and refusing to drop the knife.  Trooper Williamson eventually discharged his firearm, killing the suspect.

The investigation was conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the findings reported to Floyd County Attorney, Mr. Norman Klemesrud.  At his direction the Floyd County Grand Jury conducted a review of the officer involved shooting incident.

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

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