Man wanted for attempted murder apprehended

Jason Ferguson

The second man wanted for attempted murder in connection with a July 30 shooting in Fort Dodge has been apprehended.

According to court records, 47-year-old Jason Harold Ferguson, of Fort Dodge, was taken into custody on Thursday.

According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, at about 8 p.m. on July 30, Ferguson was driving a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck that was following a vehicle driven by Timothy James Ellis, of Fort Dodge, for at least five city blocks. When Ellis stopped to talk to an individual sitting in another vehicle in the 1400 block of First Avenue North, Ferguson drove the Honda past Ellis’ vehicle while Ferguson’s son, Austin Ferguson, shot at Ellis from the Honda’s passenger window.

Austin Ferguson, 29, of Fort Dodge, allegedly fired 11 shots at Ellis and 10 shell casings were recovered. According to the complaint, Ellis’ vehicle was hit six times, with one bullet lodged about a foot from where Ellis had been sitting in the vehicle.

Jason Ferguson had his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court on Friday morning. He is being held on $100,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 9.

Austin Ferguson was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with attempted murder for the shooting. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge and his trial is currently scheduled for Oct. 17.


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