Iowa Department of Public Safety
215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50319

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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
September 27, 2013
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Three Individuals Arrested In Connection

With Ft. Madison Shooting


Ft. Madison, Iowa - On September 23, 2013, at 3:08pm, Ft. Madison Police responded to a report of a gunshot near the alley of the 1400 block between Avenues F and G.  Upon arriving at the scene, officers found 25 year old Matthew R. Griffiths lying on the ground and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Witnesses at the scene reported that they saw a silver car leave the area after hearing the gunshot. Griffiths was transported by ambulance to the Ft. Madison Community Health Center and then immediately air lifted to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. Griffiths is being treated and recovering from his injuries.

Since that time, the Ft. Madison Police Department, Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Burlington Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation have continued to investigate the shooting.  On September 26, 2013, three individuals were arrested and charged in connection with the incident.  Heather D. Mears, age 23, and Terrell N. Wilson, age 20, both of Burlington, Iowa, have been charged with Aiding and Abetting Robbery 1st   Degree, a class B felony. In addition, Paul A. Wilkins Jr., age 22, also of Burlington, has been charged with Attempt to Commit Murder and Robbery 1st Degree, both class B felonies, in connection with the shooting.

Media Contact:  Ft. Madison Police Department
                        Chief Bruce Niggemeyer
                        319 372-7700 Ext. 280          


A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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

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