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SAC Adam DeCamp
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May 24, 2019


Decatur County Man Charged
with Attempted Murder of Sheriff

DES MOINES, Iowa -- On May 23, 2019, the Iowa State Patrol and Division of Criminal Investigation charged 54-year old Gerry Greenland with one count of Attempted Murder. The charge follows an investigation into the action of Mr. Greenland towards Decatur County Sheriff Ben Boswell.

On May 23, 2019, at 3:03 p.m., Decatur County Sheriff Ben Boswell, along with two deputies, was dispatched to 14163 -128th Avenue in rural Grand River following a 911 call with a report of an altercation between family members. The initial responding deputy was confronted by Mr. Greenland, who was driving a John Deere 4250 tractor that was outfitted with a front-end bale spear. As the deputy drove up the driveway, Mr. Greenland drove the tractor towards the deputy’s vehicle. The deputy took evasive action and avoid contact with the tractor. Mr. Greenland then drove the tractor towards the vehicle occupied by Sheriff Boswell that was stopped on the grass next to the driveway. Mr. Greenland struck Sheriff Boswell’s vehicle, forcing one of the bale spear tines through the driver’s door and pushing Sheriff Boswell and his vehicle more than 100 feet. When the tractor and impaled vehicle came to a rest, deputies were able to get Mr. Greenland from the tractor and take him into custody without further incident. Sheriff Boswell was unharmed.

Questions on the investigation can be directed to SAC Adam DeCamp (515.250.4912)


                GERRY GREENLAND

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

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