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North Iowa Man Killed in Weekend Mason City Shooting 

A north Iowa man was killed in the early Sunday morning shooting in downtown Mason City that also included an officer-involved shooting.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) has released new information from the incident that occurred shortly after 1 a.m. near the intersection of State Street and Federal Avenue. Mason City Police were called to the Happy Donkey Bar for a report of shots fired.  At about the same time, Police Officer Noah Friese was on foot nearby and heard the shots fired.

According to the DCI, Friese identified two male subjects running toward him as he approached the area. Friese ordered the subjects, 25-year-old Jelani Faulk of Chicago and 24-year-old Kristopher Keys of Dubuque, to the ground. Keys complied with the order, but Faulk pointed a handgun towards Friese, who fired at Faulk, striking him. Faulk was transported to MercyOne North Iowa for medical treatment. Friese was uninjured.

Mason City Police then located a shooting victim from the original shots fired call near the bar. That subject was identified as 35-year-old Christopher Tucker of Garner, who was airlifted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester with multiple gunshot wounds. Tucker died from those injuries on Monday, October 4th.

Faulk is in custody at the Cerro Gordo County Jail on charges of interference with official acts, a Class D felony, and a federal probation violation. Faulk is also expected to be charged with one count of murder in the first degree, a Class A felony.  

This incident remains under investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Special Agent in Charge Mike Krapfl at 563-599-4239.

Upon completion of this investigation, the results will be forwarded to the Cerro Gordo County Attorney’s Office for review.

Mark Pitz

News Director/Weekdays 10am to 2pm on 95.9 KCHA

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