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Posted on: March 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Marshalltown Police Department Investigating Shooting Death UPDATE – Arrest Made


On Sunday, March 15, 2020, at approximately 3:24 a.m., the Marshalltown Police Department responded with Unity Point Ambulance and the Marshalltown Fire Department to the 500 block of West Linn Street after receiving reports of a shooting incident at this location.  Upon arrival, officers found a male victim (age 27) suffering from gunshot wounds.  The victim was critically injured.  The victim was transported to Unity Point Hospital in Marshalltown.  The victim died at the hospital. The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notifications.

A second victim (female, age 37) was also injured during this incident.  This victim suffered a minor injury consistent with a bullet grazing her skin.  This victim’s name is being withheld pending family notifications.

On March 15, law enforcement arrested Mustafa Fard Muhammad, age 30, of Marshalltown.  Muhammad has been charged with:

  • Murder, 1st Degree (Class A Felony)
  • Reckless Use of a Firearm – Causing Bodily Injury (Class D Felony)
  • Dominion & Control of a Firearm by a Felon (Class D Felony)
  • Trafficking in Stolen Weapons, 1st Offense (Class D Felony)

Muhammad was transported to the Marshall County Jail where he is being held pending an initial court appearance.

The investigation of this incident is ongoing.  The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting with this investigation.  At this time in the investigation, investigators do not believe there is a danger posed to the public in relation to this incident.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Marshalltown police Department at 641.754.5725.  Additionally, tips may be submitted by calling 641.753.1234, or via text messaging by texting the word “marshall” followed by the tip to CRIMES (274637), or online at  All tips are completely anonymous and could earn a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip results in an arrest.

(A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.)

For more information, please contact Police Chief Michael Tupper by calling 641.754.5771 or via email at

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