A Chicago man accused of killing a north Iowa man in early October is pleading not guilty.
25-year-old Jelani Faulk faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of 35-year-old Christopher Tucker of Garner. Investigators say Faulk shot Tucker multiple times in the early morning hours of October 3rd in downtown Mason City. Tucker died the next day at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester.
Faulk himself was hospitalized after he was shot by Mason City Police Officer Noah Friese, who responded to the scene near the intersection of State Street and Federal Avenue. Faulk was non-compliant when Friese ordered Faulk to the ground. Faulk then pointed his gun at Friese, who fired three shots at Faulk. Friese was ruled to be justified in firing his weapon by the Winnebago County Attorney’s Office.
After receiving medical treatment for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, Faulk was booked into the Cerro Gordo County Jail.
Faulk has pleaded not guilty to the murder charge and interference with official acts. His trial is slated to start in late January.