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MPD Officer Jefferson suffers wound, shoots suspect in Marshalltown holdup

Is Former Tama Police Officer, Tama County Sheriff's Deputy

November 9, 2012
By John Speer - Editor , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Marshalltown Police Officer Vern Jefferson was shot in the leg while pursuing a credit union holdup suspect on Friday morning, Nov.. 2 according to Marshalltown Police.

Jefferson shot the suspect in what was described as the lower extremity.

Jefferson was reported "doing okay," Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper told The News-Herald by telephone on Tuesday afternoon.

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Vern Jefferson (left) receives well wishes from a fellow Marshalltown Police Officer at a ceremony honoring the 3368 HET?Unit of the Iowa National Guard upon their departure for the Iraq War Zone in October, 2008. Jefferson and his unit served a year during this deployment. News-Herald file/John Speer

"I told everybody early Vern performed admirably and I stand by that," Tupper said.

Jefferson served on the Tama Police Department from October, 2000 - April, 2003. Previously, he was a Tama County deputy sheriff.

After leaving the Tama department and a stint with Las Vegas, Nev. Metro Police, he returned to Iowa and joined Marshalltown's Police Force.

In the Friday incident, Marshalltown Police said Jefferson pursued Ben Crisantos, 22, on foot from the Lennox Employees Credit Union at 1004 E. Main St. just after 9:30 a.m.

Crisantos allegedly fired at Jefferson striking him in the leg and Jefferson returned fire.

Both men were taken to Marshalltown Medical and Surgical Center.

Both have been released from the hospital.

A second suspect, Abel Ramirez, also 22, was arrested.

Online court records show Crisantos has been charged with attempted murder and Ramirez faces a 1st degree robbery charge.



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