Pella standoff ends with one dead

MGN Online

An Illinois man was found dead after a Wednesday afternoon standoff with Pella Police.

On Tuesday, the Pella Police Department received a report from a local citizen concerning the welfare of a man staying in the area.

The man, later identified as Jonathan W. Martin, 62, of Galena, Ill., was located in an apartment on W. 16th Street.

Upon further investigation, officers learned that Martin was a fugitive from Illinois, wanted on felony charges with nationwide extradition authorized.

Officers attempted to establish contact with Martin, but multiple efforts were rejected.

Officers concluded that a woman was in the apartment with Martin. Officers were eventually able to speak with the female, but efforts to have Martin come out failed.

On Wednesday morning, negotiators from the Iowa State Patrol assumed the lead in negotiating with the occupants of the apartment.

The female in the apartment agreed to come out before noon, and was found to be uninjured.

As the event played out, it was determined that additional assets were required to successfully resolve the incident.

The ISP State Tactical Unit responded to the scene and upon entering the apartment determined that Martin was deceased of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The scene and incident was turned over to the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Pella Police Department Criminal Investigations for evaluation and further investigation.

Martin was transferred to the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny, Iowa, where he will undergo a forensic examination.

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