Police charged a man with first degree murder and two counts of first degree theft after a Casey employee on duty was gunned down Monday morning at a Marshalltown store.
Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Marshalltown Police at 641-754-5725 or Marshall County Crime Stoppers at 641-753-1234. Tips can also be sent by SMS (text “marshall” followed by tip to 274637) or online at marshallcountycs.com.
Here’s what we know about the case so far:
Murder charges laid
Marshalltown Police arrested Rocky Dean Trujillo, 20, after serving a search warrant in the 700 block of Bromley St. at 8:30 p.m. Monday, according to a police press release.
Trujillo is charged with first degree murder and two counts of first degree theft, as well as being armed with intent, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and trafficking in stolen weapons, a the police said.
Marshalltown Police shared an image of the suspect, taken from surveillance video, entering the store with a gun in hand. They did not say how they confirmed the man was Trujillo.
He was being held at the Marshall County Jail.
Gunman shot and killed store clerk
Police identified the killed Casey employee as Michael Ray West, 48, of Marshalltown. They said he was found injured around 3 a.m. Monday at Casey’s store at 111 N. Third Ave., and later died.
Casey’s spokeswoman Katie Petru said West had worked for Casey’s since November.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Michael Ray West, a member of our Marshalltown store team,” Petru said in a statement. “We offer our sincere condolences to his family and strive to support them and our team members during this difficult time.”
The complaint offers insight into what happened
According to a police complaint, Trujillo took a small caliber handgun from his home at Casey’s located at 111 N. Third Ave. in Marshalltown.
Besides West, at least one customer was in the store, which was open for business.
Trujillo entered the store, pointed the gun at West and shot him fatally in the chest, “willfully without justification,” the complaint reads.
After the shooting, Trujillo attempted to access the cash register before fleeing the store, according to the complaint.