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Authorities confirm man shot near Iowa City

Vanessa Miller, CR Gazette –

IOWA CITY — A man was shot east of Iowa City on Thursday during a state investigation in Johnson County, according to authorities.

Officials would not confirm the condition of the victim, but Iowa State Patrol Sgt. Jose Varela said it was an “officer-involved shooting” and no officers were injured during the incident.

The shooting occurred about 6:30 p.m. off Taft Avenue and Highway 6. The Iowa Department of Public Safety was conducting an investigation that led officials to the area. Officers were seen walking through nearby ditches looking for evidence around 11 p.m.

Varela said there was no threat to the community.

Brad Martin, who lives in the Breckenridge Estates mobile home park, said he showed up shortly after the shooting and was told the victim was dead. He said teenagers reported seeing “people running through backyards.” He also said the teens saw multiple people with baseball bats and guns.

The investigation was continuing.

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