Court date set for Wisconsin woman accused in Ames shooting

A Wisconsin woman is set to be arraigned in a Story County courtroom next week following an alleged shooting outside an apartment building in south Ames.

On the morning of February 5, authorities were called to the area of 204 Jewel Drive on a report of shots fired. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Karla Cherone Wallace of Waukesha, Wisconsin, is said to have fled the scene when officers arrived, according to a criminal complaint.

Wallace reportedly ran to a nearby house and began banging on the back door, screaming that she was hurt. Officers eventually found Wallace hiding under a nearby truck, per the complaint.

The incident is thought to have began with a verbal altercation between Wallace and another female in the apartment complex parking lot. Police interviewed witnesses to the event that reported that Wallace retrieved a handgun during the argument and shot multiple times into the air. “The victim perceived that [the shots] were fired at her, although she was not hit”, states the complaint. Wallace was reportedly “crying and stated that she was in fear for her life.”

Investigators concluded that Wallace had jumped off a balcony while fleeing from the scene, breaking her leg in the process.

The gun used in the incident was reportedly found on a path between where Wallace jumped off the balcony and where she was eventually found hiding. 9 mm shell casings were also located that matched the handgun recovered.

Wallace is also accused of lying to police about her identity, allegedly stating that her name was “Tosha Wright”.

While Wallace was being searched, police allegedly found 19 grams of marijuana in her coat. She was later transported to Mary Greeley Medical Center to receive treatment for her injury. The complaint states that, while at the hospital, “a baggy of small white rocks” fell from her bra while a nurse was helping her into a gown. The substance reportedly tested positive for cocaine and weighed 16 grams.

According to a complaint, Wallace had previously been found guilty of multiple cocaine and marijuana-related crimes in Wisconsin and Minnesota, including felony convictions in both states.

No other injuries were reported as a result of the shooting.

Per court documents, Wallace faces the following charges in connection with the incident in Ames:

  • Dominion/Control of a Firearm/Offensive Weapon by a felon, a class “D” felony
  • Intimidation With a Dangerous Weapon, a class “C” felony
  • Controlled Substance Violation, a class “B” felony
  • Failure to Affix Drug Stamp, a class “D” felony
  • Assault While Displaying a Dangerous Weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance – Marijuana 1st offense, a serious misdemeanor
  • Reckless Use of a Firearm, a simple misdemeanor
  • Provide False Identification Information, a simple misdemeanor

Wallace appeared in court for a preliminary hearing on Monday. She is scheduled for an arraignment on Monday, February 27 at 1:00 p.m. She is being held at the Story County Jail in Nevada on a $50,000 bond.

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