ATTEMPTED MURDER: Teen Shoots At Officers

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Attempted murder charges have been filed against a Kellerton teen for shooting at law enforcement officials following a Tuesday morning chase.

Officials say they tried to pull over a reported stolen vehicle around 5:00 a.m. in Ringgold County, but the 16-year-old male driver refused to stop. A short chase ensued but the sheriff’s deputy lost sight of the vehicle.

Around 6:20 a.m. the vehicle was located in Kellerton and another chase began. The Decatur County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol participated in the pursuit that finally ended when the teen lost control of the car and crashed along 240th Avenue, north of 150th Street in rural Decatur County.

The teen fired several shots at officers as they brought their vehicles closer to the crash. Several rounds hit a Decatur County deputy’s car and an Iowa State Patrol cruiser. The suspect fled from the scene on foot.

The officers under fire received minor injuries and were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

Law enforcement officials located the teen around 9:00 a.m. at a rural farm house about a mile and a half away from the crash. He was taken into custody without incident.

The investigation into the incident continues and more charges are expected in the case.