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Murder charge filed against northeast Iowa man

John Quanrude
John Quanrude

Accused of shooting his step-father in the chest.

Posted: Apr 17, 2018 9:46 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2018 1:02 PM

WAUKON, Iowa – An Allamakee County man is facing a 2nd degree murder charge after a trailer court shooting.

John Michael Quanrude, 32 of Waukon, has been charged after an investigation by the Waukon Police Department, Allamakee County Sheriff’s Office, Allamakee County Attorney’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

Authorities say Quanrude called 911 on Monday afternoon and asked for medical help after an accidental shooting. The first officer on the scene says he was met by Quanrude at the Parkview Trailer Court at 49 Jean Road in Waukon. The officer says Quanrude directed him into a home where a man was lying face down on the floor with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Quanrude reportedly said he had fired a “warning shot” and then shot the man.

The victim has been identified as Dean Eliot Russell, 60 of Waukon, the step-father and roommate of Quanrude. He was taken by ambulance to Veterans Memorial Hospital in Waukon but Russell was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. An autopsy is scheduled with the Iowa State Medical Examiner’s Office.

Quanrude was taken to the Waukon Police Department and officers say when he was told he could not leave, Quanrude attempted to escape twice and had to be tased. Iowa DCI agents searched the home where Russell was shot and say they found gunshot holes through a bedroom wall and door.

Quanrude has been booked into the Allamakee County Jail on $100,000 cash only bond.

2nd degree murder carries a sentence in Iowa of up to 50 years in prison.

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