Accused Pleasant Hill Shooter Faces New Charges, So Does His Dad

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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa--The man accused of randomly shooting at three people in Pleasant Hill Monday faces additional drug charges, thanks to evidence authorities say they found at his father's home.

Pete Polson, 32 of Delaware Township, stood before a Polk County judge Tuesday morning to hear the additional charges against him. Prosecutors added possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, conspiracy to deliver and a tax stamp violation. Those expanded a list of eight charges, including attempted murder, Polson already faced.

Polson said little in court. At one point, he said, "So, all the bonds are checked off?" when the judge added up the charges and bond amounts that went with each charge. The judge said the court would hold Polson on a $840,000 cash-only bond.

Polson shook his head, "no,", when the judge asked him later in he had any questions.

Authorities say Polson shot at three men at three different locations during a 12-minute shooting rampage Monday morning. All men just happened to be standing outside at the time. Pleasant Hill Police Officer Adam Choat said it is possible authorities will never know why Polson targeted the men, apparently at random. "Never will make sense," Choat said of the possibility.

Officials say Polson had been living with his father, Peter, up until a few weeks ago. They believe the two had a series of arguments and eventually, the father kicked out his son from the home.

Hours after authorities arrested the son, they arrested the father on drug charges. They say the son has a suspected long history of drug use but wouldn't say Tuesday whether he was on drugs during the time of the shootings.

Those shootings seriously injured two men.


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