Police: 15-year-old dead, 17-year-old arrested after Fort Madison shooting

Published: Nov. 4, 2021 at 11:00 AM CDT
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FORT MADISON, Iowa (KWQC) - The Fort Madison Police Department says a 15-year-old boy has died following a shooting Wednesday.

Police have arrested 17-year-old Dimari D.J. Meredith of Fort Madison and charged him with first-degree murder.

According to police, dispatchers received a 911 call at 5:09 p.m. on Wednesday for “unknown trouble” at a home in the 4200 block of Avenue L. According to the arrest affidavit, the dispatcher was only able to hear a person yelling “Please send an ambulance.”

When officers arrived, police said they found the 15-year-old in a bedroom with a gunshot wound. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

According to the arrest affidavit, Meredith fled the scene while police and emergency personal were providing lifesaving measures. He was caught two blocks from the scene. Meredith was later taken into custody. Police found a weapon inside the victim’s home.

The Iowa DCI is assisting with the investigation.

The victim’s identity is being withheld, pending family notification.

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