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2 bank robbery suspects charged in Iowa gun battle

November 1, 2012

IOWA CITY - Two Iowa men were charged with attempted murder and terrorism after firing shots at six Iowa police officers during a high-speed chase that followed a bank robbery, authorities said Wednesday.

Jeremiah Mumford, 24, is accused of firing rounds from multiple weapons at police officers from four agencies during Tuesday's chase in northeastern Iowa while his accomplice, 19-year-old William Clayton, drove the getaway car, said Bremer County Attorney Kasey Wadding. Two officers were wounded.

After their capture Tuesday night, Mumford and Clayton told authorities that they had planned the armed robbery of Maynard Savings Bank and the getaway, and had practiced and prepared weapons to use during the crime, according to complaints filed in Bremer County.

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Mumford, of New Hampton, is charged with six counts of attempted murder while Clayton, of Osage, is charged with six counts of aiding and abetting attempted murder, one for each officer they allegedly shot at.

Bullets struck and injured state trooper Mark Domino and Sumner Police Chief Dennis Cain. Both were recovering Wednesday.

Bullets also hit police cars belonging to the Iowa Department of Transportation and Fayette County, according to the complaints.



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