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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
June 10, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Iowa DCI Investigating Louisa County Shooting

LOUISA COUNTY, Iowa -- On June 9, 2015, at approximately 11:40 PM, Louisa County Deputies initiated a vehicle stop on a blue 1993 Cadillac Seville for traffic violations.   The operator and sole occupant, Richard Spurling, 55, of Muscatine, failed to stop.  Spurling attempted to flee and Louisa County deputies, in fully marked squads, pursued him.  Spurling was traveling in a  northeasterly direction on Stewart Road.  The pursuit turned west onto Fruitland Road and came to rest near the Fruitland Road and Crimson Road intersection. 

Louisa County Deputies approached the Cadillac Seville and Spurling drove his vehicle towards of an approaching deputy.  One Louisa County deputy discharged his duty sidearm in the direction of Spurling.  Spurling was struck in the upper torso with one round and was transported to the local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No deputies were injured during the incident. 

The Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa of Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was called in to investigate the shooting.  The DCI is being assisted by the Muscatine Sheriff’s Office and the Muscatine Police Department. 

Louisa County has charged Spurling with:  Operating a Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated [321J.2(2)(B)] ; Eluding [321.279(1)]; Driving while Revoked [321.21]; Possession of Drug Paraphernalia [124.414] and five (5) simple misdemeanor traffic offenses. 

The names of the Louisa County deputies are being withheld until they can be interviewed.  The investigation is ongoing and nothing further will be released at this time.

Media Contact: Iowa DCI Special Agent in Charge, Richard Rahn, (563) 370-5109.

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

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