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Tip leads to FD felon’s arrest

Arrest follows investigation into shooting

December 21, 2012
By PETER KASPARI, , Messenger News

Two days after a man checked himself in to Trinity Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound, police have arrested a suspect.

Timothy J. Ellis, 32, of Fort Dodge, was arrested Thursday after a tipster contacted Webster County Crime Stoppers, according to Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody.

The tip led police to 3112 10th Ave. S., where Lt. Matt Wilson and his officers arrested Ellis without incident, Carmody said.

Ellis has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm as a habitual offender. He's accused of having a gun with him Wednesday in the 1600 block of Third Avenue South.

Online court records indicate Ellis has felony convictions for assault while participating in a felony and first-degree theft.

At his initial appearance in Webster County Magistrate Court Friday morning, Magistrate Steve Kersten ordered Ellis held on $15,000 bond.

Ellis asked if it was possible to have his bond lowered, but Kersten said he couldn't alter the amount. Instead, Kersten told Ellis a bond review will be held along with his preliminary hearing Dec. 28.

Ellis' arrest is the result of an investigation that began Wednesday after a man, Kyle Myers, 32, walked into Trinity with a gunshot wound. Carmody said Myers had been shot in the abdomen, and the police shift log indicated a handgun had been used in the case.

Myers received treatment for his injury.

Carmody said Ellis's arrest shows the effectiveness of Crime Stoppers.

"This is another great example of how the Webster County Crime Stoppers program continues to enhance our ability to apprehend suspects and provide swift closure for victims and our community," he said. "We appreciate the efforts and partnership of those who are willing to provide this information and helping us make Fort Dodge a safer place."

Carmody said even though there has been an arrest, detectives are still working on the case. He asked anyone with information to contact police at 573-1426 or Crime Stoppers at 573-1444.



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