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Police chief shot while trying to arrest a suspect in Iowa

Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn pictured in 2014 (Facebook)

A chief of police in Iowa was shot during a struggle with a suspect Tuesday morning.

Perry Police Chief Eric Vaughn was transported to a local hospital via air ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

The incident began when Perry police responded to a shooting just before 5 a.m., according to KCCI.

The suspect, identified as Jeremiah Messner, 30, ran out the back window of a vehicle. When officers were able to catch up to him and question him along a city bike trail, he asked for a lighter.

An officer gave him a lighter, but Messner dropped it and also dropped a weapon while attempting to pick up the lighter.

Officers made an attempt to arrest him but he was able to get ahold of the weapon and shoot Chief Vaughn during the struggle.

Vaughn was shot in his upper thigh. He’s expected to be released tomorrow.

Deputies were eventually able to subdue Messner after they deployed tasers.

Charges against Messner are still pending.

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