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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
June 24, 2015
(515) 443-3014 - cell
(515) 725-6189 - office

Actions 'Lawful' in Officer Involved Shooting

This is a press release from the Muscatine County Attorney's Office. This is NOT a press release directly from the Iowa Department of Public Safety's (DPS) Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. The Iowa DCI assisted with the investigation.

Muscatine County Attorney Alan R. Ostergren released the following statement regarding an investigation into the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer:

On June 9, 2015, Louisa County Sheriff’s Deputy David Perley was involved in a pursuit of a motor vehicle being operated by Richard Spurling. The pursuit ended near the intersection of Fruitland Road and Crimson Avenue in Muscatine County. Deputy Perley approached Spurling’s motor vehicle. Spurling drove his vehicle in the direction of Deputy Perley. Deputy Perley fired his service weapon in the direction of the operator of the vehicle. Spurling was struck once in the upper torso. He received medical attention and was transported to the hospital. He has subsequently been released from the hospital.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has conducted an investigation of the incident and shared the results of that investigation with the Muscatine County Attorney. After a review the Muscatine County Attorney has determined that the use of deadly force by Deputy Perley was lawful. This decision has been communicated to the Iowa DCI, the Louisa County Sheriff and to Deputy Perley.

Criminal charges related to the pursuit are currently pending in Louisa County against Spurling. No further information will be released at this time.


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

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