At approximately 7:06 a.m., Tuesday June 28 th , 2016 a citizen reported hearing gunshots in the 7000
block of Cliffland Road just east of Ottumwa. The caller also reported a description of the vehicle
departing the area. While responding to the call a Wapello County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a vehicle
matching the description just south of Agency Iowa at which time the suspect vehicle began to elude
the following Deputy. The Deputy followed the vehicle back into Ottumwa from Agency and then back
east out of Ottumwa by way of Cliffland Road. The Deputy continued to follow the vehicle to just south
of the Des Moines River Bridge in Eldon when the vehicle crashed into the ditch. The suspect vehicle
was occupied by four subjects all of which exited the vehicle and continued to elude the Deputy on foot.
Assistance began to arrive by this time and three of the four subjects were taken into custody, with the
fourth still at large. No persons’ were injured at the 7000 block of Cliffland Road where the original call
began. Assisting the Wapello County Sheriff’s Office on this investigation was the Ottumwa Police
Dept., Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfield Police Dept. Iowa State Patrol and the Eldon Fire
Dept. The matter remains under investigation and further charges are anticipated. Taken into custody
at this time and charged is Joshua Pierce, age 27 of Ottumwa charged with Possession, Receipt,
Transportation, or Dominion and Control of Firearms, Driving while Barred and Eluding Law
Enforcement. Carl Penelton, age 29 of Ottumwa is charged with Interference with Official Acts as was
a 17 yr old Juvenile charged with Interference with Official Acts and released to their parent.
This criminal charge is an accusation and the Defendant is presumed innocent until
and unless proven guilty.