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Wiley charged with attempted murder in Adams County

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 11:04 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 9:09 a.m. CDT
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(CNA photo by BAILEY POOLMAN)
Creston firefighter Lee Freeman puts out a fire in a car after the driver, Peter James Wiley, feld the scene during a pursuit this morning on 160th Street. According to a Creston Fire report, firefighters were notified of the vehicle on fire on 160th 5:29 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which resulted in a total loss of the vehicle. Loss estimate is $1,500.

A Creston man was charged Wednesday with attempted murder and going armed with intent Wednesday stemming from an incident earlier this week in Adams County.

Peter James Wiley, 32, 908 W. Adair St., Creston, allegedly shot at a woman's vehicle in Casey's General Store in Corning Tuesday then took off in an unknown direction. The woman reported this to law enforcement.

Law enforcement in Adams County immediately broadcasted information about Wiley and at about 5:15 Wednesday morning Creston Police Sgt. Eric Shawler identified Wiley's vehicle in Creston.

Shawler pursued Wiley until Wiley's car slid into a ditch on 160th Street west of Creston city limits. As Shawler approached the car, it caught fire rapidly.

"The driver got out (of the vehicle) and took off on foot while (he was) partially on fire," Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer told the Creston News Advertiser.

Creston Police and Union County Sheriff then set up a perimeter where Wiley had entered a field. Creston police officers Jayrd Merritt, Melissa Mower and police dog Minko located Wiley in the field behind a terrace after about a 45-minute search.

Wiley was treated and released at Greater Regional Medical Center.

Wiley is facing additional charges in Union County including felon in possession of a firearm, eluding and hit and run. He was transported Wednesday to Adams County Jail where he remains until his initial appearance.

More charges pending?

In addition to charges in Adams and Union counties, Wiley is also suspected in a shooting incident north of Shenandoah Tuesday evening.

Wiley's brother, Raymond, was taken to Shenandoah Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds. He was later taken to an Omaha area hospital where he remains today. His injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is coordinating this investigation with assistance from the Page County Sheriff, Adams County Sheriff, Creston Police Department, Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement and Iowa State Fire Marshall’s office.

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WEDNESDAY'S STORY

A Creston man involved in a possible shooting in Adams County is in custody after a short manhunt near Creston this morning.

Peter James Wiley, 32, last known address 908 W. Adair St., was transported to Greater Regional Medical Center to be treated for burns he sustained after fleeing his vehicle that caught fire on 160th Street west of Creston city limits.

Wiley’s charges are still pending at this time.

This morning Adams County Sheriff released the description of a vehicle involved in a possible shooting. Creston Police Sgt. Eric Shawler identified a vehicle matching the description in Creston around 5:15 a.m.

Shawler pursued the vehicle, driven by Wiley, until the car caught fire on 160th.

“The driver got out (of the vehicle) and took off on foot while (he was) partially on fire,” said Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer.

Creston Police and Union County Sheriff set up a perimeter where Wiley entered a field.

According to a Creston Fire report, firefighters were notified of the vehicle on fire on 160th at 5:29 a.m. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which resulted in a total loss of the vehicle.

A pistol was located near the abandoned vehicle.

Creston police officers Jayrd Merritt, Melissa Mower and police dog Minko located Wiley in the field behind a terrace after about a 45 minute search.

A report from Adams County Sheriff Department is expected to be released late today.

Wiley will be treated and released at GRMC and will be turned over to Adams County Sheriff.

The Creston News Advertiser will continue to update this story as information becomes available online at www.crestonnews.com and in Thursday’s edition.

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