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Man arrested after gunfire in eastern Iowa

Charles Johnston

Charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing at drivers and law enforcement.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 5:36 PM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 5:36 PM

ROCHESTER, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say officers have arrested a man after an exchange of gunfire in eastern Iowa's Cedar County.

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The Iowa Department of Public Safety says state troopers and local officers responded to a 911 call around 2:20 p.m. Thursday about gunshots at an Interstate 80 rest area. The shooter left the rest area, drove west, exited the interstate about 2 miles south of Rochester and fired at motorists at a gas station. None was hit.

Troopers and local officers encountered the suspect on a nearby rural road and exchanged shots with him. They arrested the man after a brief standoff.

The department identified him as 60-year-old Charles Johnston. He's been charged with attempted murder and armed assault on a peace officer. Court records don't list an attorney for him

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