Shooting suspect in custody

The man accused of shooting another Marshalltown man over the weekend is in custody.

The Marshalltown Police Department confirmed that Perry W. DeWalt turned himself in at MPD headquarters Monday afternoon.

Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper told the Times-Republican he was “very pleased” with the outcome and thanked his entire department for working tirelessly in “resolving this case.”

DeWalt, 45, is accused of shooting and wounding Dustin A. Inman, 47, at around 4 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of North Center Street. Inman was transported to Central Iowa Healthcare where he was treated and released.

The MPD responded to the incident shortly thereafter and initially thought DeWalt may have been holed up in a nearby residence. That prompted the MPD’s tactical and crisis negotiation teams to be deployed and a perimeter in the area was blocked off.

After roughly five hours of trying to determine whether or not DeWalt was inside the residence in question, officers called an “all clear” at about 9:15 p.m. Saturday, having made entry into the residence, but not finding DeWalt.

The MPD conducted several interviews with eyewitnesses over the weekend in the case, quickly identifying DeWalt as their suspect. MPD detectives interviewed DeWalt Monday afternoon and evening.

DeWalt faces charges of attempted murder and being armed with intent. An initial court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.

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