Man arrested after allegedly firing gun in Tama

TAMA — Wednesday, November 23 – A man has been arrested after allegedly “yelling and screaming” and firing a gun in the air in Tama on Wednesday evening.

According to a press release from the Tama Police Department, 911 dispatch received a call at 9:17 p.m. about a man who had been “yelling and screaming for 20 to 30 minutes,” and the reporting party said a gunshot had been fired.

The Tama PD, Toledo PD, Meskwaki Police, and the Tama County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area within minutes, and they initially did not see anyone on the street. At 9:24 p.m., officers heard multiple rounds of gunfire, and a Toledo officer noticed a suspicious male near 500 State St.

Shortly thereafter, the suspect, 30-year-old Gabriel Allen Alvarez, was arrested and taken to the Tama County Jail. As of Thursday, he was being held on a $30,000 cash or surety bond. The press release indicated that officers seized a pound and a half of marijuana, 60 THC vape pen cartridges, ammunition, and cash.

Alvarez now faces a litany of criminal charges, including two counts of drug tax stamp violations, two counts of controlled substance violations, felon in possession of a firearm, and forgery — all Class D felonies — along with reckless use of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia, public intoxication and disorderly conduct, all simple misdemeanors.

On Thursday afternoon, a search warrant was executed at a property in the 200 block of North Church Street in Toledo, which resulted in a Department of Human Services report and possible additional criminal charges.

In addition to the aforementioned agencies, Tama County EMA, the Tama County K-9 Unit, and the Toledo EMS assisted during the incident.