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Poe’s death ruled accidental

Police say family member fired bullet that killed 17-year-old

Fort Dodge police believe 17-year-old Daiqualis Poe was shot to death accidentally by a family member last week, the department reported Thursday.

“While the investigation is ongoing, information obtained at this time suggests this was an accidental shooting,” police Capt. Ryan Gruenberg said Thursday. “Should any further information be presented to law enforcement, it will be examined thoroughly as all information has to this point.”

According to Gruenberg, Poe was hit by a single gunshot from a handgun during the Sept. 10 incident.

Police declined to release the age of the family member who fired the weapon.

Gruenberg said foul play is not suspected.

On Sept. 10, police were dispatched to 721 N. Eighth St. for a report of a shooting.

The call came in at about 12:45 p.m.

Once on scene, officers found Poe’s body inside the house with a gunshot wound.

Multiple people were either inside or outside of the house around the time of the shooting, Gruenberg reported.

Poe was a senior at Fort Dodge Senior High.

The Fort Dodge Police Department, Webster County Sheriff’s Office, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Webster County Attorney’s Office are continuing to investigate.

“We would like to extend our deepest condolences to Poe’s family and friends,” Gruenberg said on behalf of the investigators.