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Police in Fort Dodge seek man on first-degree murder charge

FORT DODGE – Police in Fort Dodge now have named a suspect in the recent murder of man, and are seeking clues to his whereabouts.

Fort Dodge police say that as a result of the investigation being conducted by the Fort Dodge Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, an arrest warrant for Murder in the First Degree has been issued for Levi Gibbs III, 27 years old, of Fort Dodge. Gibbs is described as a black male, 5’08” tall, approximately 160 pounds, and has numerous tattoos.

Gibbs should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who believes they know of Gibbs’ whereabouts is encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency. As in any case, Mr. Gibbs is considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

The announcement comes as a result of an incident earlier this month.

On Sunday, September 3, 2017, at approximately 3:31 A.M., the Webster County Communications Center received multiple calls in regards to shots fired in the 900 block of 10th Ave SW in Fort Dodge. Information given also indicated that a subject may have been shot. Officers with the Fort Dodge Police Department responded to the scene.

When officers arrived, they located a male who had sustained a gunshot wound, lying in the roadway at the intersection of 10th Ave SW and 10th St. SW. Officers quickly determined the male to be unresponsive and immediately began medical treatment. Initial information indicated that an altercation between individuals had preceded the
shooting incident.

The male was then transported by the Fort Dodge Fire Department to Unity Point – Trinity Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead as a result of injuries sustained from the gunshot wound. The victim was identified as Shane Wessels, 32, of Fort Dodge.

At this time, the Fort Dodge Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, along with the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigations, is continuing to follow up on leads. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Fort Dodge Police Department. Tips may also be given anonymously through Crime Stoppers via the contact information listed at the bottom of this release. The Fort Dodge Police Department was assisted on scene by the Fort Dodge Fire Department.

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