A police officer involved in a shooting in downtown Mason City earlier this month has been determined to be “entirely legally justified” in his actions.
Shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday, October 3, Mason City Police received a call of shots fired near the intersection of State Street and Federal Avenue. Police officer Noah Friese was on foot patrol nearby, heard shots fired and responded to the scene. As Friese approached, he encountered subjects running toward him and ordered the subjects down to the ground. Two subjects did, but a third, 25-year-old Jelani Faulk of Chicago, did not and pointed a gun at Friese.
Friese then fired three shots, striking Faulk, who was then transported to the hospital for medical treatment of non-life threatening injuries before being taken to jail. The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was asked to investigate the officer-involved shooting and sent their findings to the Winnebago County Attorney for review, clearing Friese. Interviews with Friese, witnesses, and available video footage confirmed the officer was justified in firing his weapon, noting Faulk was armed with a Glock 43 9mm handgun in the slide lock position and an extra magazine clip in his pocket.
While Friese has been cleared, Faulk faces a first-degree murder charge. In the shooting prior to Friese’s arrival on the scene, Faulk is accused of shooting 35-year-old Christopher Tucker of Garner multiple times. Tucker died from his wounds the next day. The case against Faulk is being prosecuted by the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office.