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Standoff in Algona ends in arrest

Mason City murder suspect in custody

ALGONA — A suspect in a Mason City shooting homicide was arrested in Algona on Monday after a standoff with law enforcement that lasted “most of the afternoon,” according to Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Assistant Director Mitch Mortvedt.

The Algona Police Department sent out a post on its social media pages at about 2:30 p.m., warning residents to avoid the area west of Hall Street and north of State Street, citing safety concerns.

Benjamin B. Gonzalez, 38, of Mason City, is wanted for the first-degree murder of Michael Creviston, 36, of Mason City. According to the Mason City Police Department, around 10:30 p.m. on March 31, officers responded to a shooting in the area of Third Street Northwest and North Jefferson Avenue, where they found the victim.

The victim, Creviston, was transported to MercyOne North Iowa by the Mason City Fire Department and later died of injuries sustained in the shooting.

The Iowa DCI was called in to assist with the investigation.

On Monday, Gonzalez was taken into custody following the standoff in Algona around 4 p.m. No injuries were reported.

On scene were the Algona Police Department, Kossuth County Sheriff’s Office, Iowa State Patrol, DCI, Kossuth County Emergency Medical Services and the MercyOne helicopter.

No other information about the standoff was available by press time on Monday.

Gonzalez is being held on $1 million cash bond at the Cerro Gordo County Jail pending further court proceedings.

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