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Murder Charges Filed in Mason City Sunday Morning Shooting

The suspect in the killing of a Garner man during a shooting early Sunday (10.03) morning in downtown Mason City has been charged with murder.

25-year-old Jelani Faulk of Chicago is accused of shooting 35-year-old Christopher Tucker during an encounter near the intersection of State Street and Federal Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. According to court documents, Faulk “deliberately, and with premeditation repeatedly discharged a firearm at another.”

Tucker suffered numerous gunshot wounds and was airlifted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester where he died Monday from his injuries. Faulk is being held on a $1 million bond in the Cerro Gordo County Jail.

Faulk himself was shot during the incident by Mason City Police Officer Noah Friese, who was patrolling the area and heard the gunshots. As Friese responded to the scene, he was approached by two males who were running at him following Tucker being shot. 

Friese ordered the subjects, Faulk and 24-year-old Kristopher Keys of Dubuque, to the ground, but while Keys complied with the officer’s commands, Faulk allegedly pointed a handgun at the officer. Friese then shot Faulk, who was hospitalized prior to being taken into jail. Friese was uninjured.

The officer-involved shooting is under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI). Once the DCI investigation is complete, a report will be turned over the Cerro Gordo County Attorney.

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Mark Pitz

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