Fort Dodge man charged in Jan. 6 shooting

A Fort Dodge man has been charged with reckless use of a firearm and being ineligible to carry weapons as a result of the investigation into a Jan. 6 shooting that injured a teenager.

Fort Dodge Police officers were dispatched to the area of the 1800 block of Fourth Avenue South for reports of multiple shots fired around 11:40 p.m. Jan. 6. Once they arrived, they located a 17-year-old male with an abdominal gunshot wound. The victim was transported by ambulance to UnityPoint Health — Trinity Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Following the investigation, 20-year-old Jalin Paige Mosley Johnston, of Fort Dodge, was charged with reckless use of a firearm resulting in bodily injury, a Class D felony, and person ineligible to carry dangerous weapons, a serious misdemeanor. He was arrested on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnston allegedly discharged a gun “in a reckless manner” at 1801 Third Ave. S., striking the victim in the abdomen. FDPD officers and Criminal Investigations Division detectives were able to identify the defendant on surveillance video shooting a handgun and hitting the victim.

Being under 21, Johnston is ineligible to carry a handgun.

Johnston is also charged with interference with official acts, a simple misdemeanor, for running away from Detective Joelyn Johnson on Jan. 9. According to the criminal complaint, Johnson and Detective Allie Thompson saw Johnston walking on the Kenyon Road Bridge and, knowing there was an active search warrant for his person, made contact with him. Johnston ran from the detectives when he learned of the search warrant.

Johnston had his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Friday morning. A preliminary hearing for the shooting charges is scheduled for Feb. 7. Proceedings on the interference charge have been continued 180 days.

Johnston is being held in the Webster County Jail on a $15,000 cash-only bond.


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