An Ames man who has been at-large following a shooting at Brookside Park in Ames has given himself up to authorities.
According to Ames Police Commander Jason Tuttle, 19-year-old Jonathan M. Thompson of Ames has turned himself in after police issued a warrant for his arrest nearly two weeks ago.
In a press release dated October 15, 2020, Tuttle stated that 20-year-old Devin Lagrone of Marshalltown had arrived at the Mary Greeley Medical Center emergency room on October 8, suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper chest. Officers quickly arrived at Mary Greeley to gather information and begin their investigation. Witnesses to an incident that resulted in the injury confirmed that the shooting took place at Brookside Park, which is located at 1325 Sixth Street in Ames.
The victim was transported to a Des Moines hospital and was expected to survive the injury.
According to Tuttle, Lagrone and one other individual had met two males, later identified as the suspects, along the west side of the park for a drug deal. After the two suspects got into the backseat of the other vehicle, Thompson reportedly drew a gun at the victim and his driver, demanding drugs and cash. Lagrone then got into a physical altercation with Thompson, at which point Lagrone was shot. Lagrone’s driver then began to drive off, prompting the two suspects to bail from the moving vehicle. Witnesses at the park reported hearing a loud bang before seeing the two suspects “rolling on the ground”. The suspects then got up and made their way to a separate car for their getaway, according to the witnesses.
Officials gathered information and identified two suspects linked to the shooting: Thompson and a 16-year-old male juvenile. The juvenile was arrested on October 14 and transported to the Central Iowa Juvenile Detention Center in Eldora.
Both suspects have been charged with First-Degree Robbery and Attempted Murder, both class “B” felonies. According to jail records, Thompson also now faces a new charge of Failure to Appear, a simple misdemeanor. He is being held on a total bond amount of $100,500.