Daughter Pleads for Help After Father Shot During Home Invasion

By Forrest Saunders, Reporter

MAQUOKETA, Iowa - A daughter is searching for answers after her dad was shot during a struggle with a home invader.

Jerry Edwards was shot the night of April 25th. His daughter, Sara Desotel, says the 63-year-old is a diabetic amputee. She says he was at his Maquoketa home, 208 South Niagara Street, watching TV in his wheelchair when an intruder broke in and attacked.

"He was able to get to his gun that was in the kitchen. They kind of struggled over it," said Sara.

A shot rang out. Jerry was hit in the stomach.

"It went all the way through. There was an entry wound and an exit wound," said Sara.

The suspect fled. Jerry called authorities. He was rushed to the hospital and is now in stable condition.

This isn't the first time someone broke into Jerry's home. Back in January, Sara says her dad was robbed of his prescription drugs. Police apprehended a suspect who's awaiting trial.

Meanwhile, the search for this second intruder continues.

"The investigators are interviewing several people. Just trying to follow any leads as they come up," said Sgt. Brendan Zeimet with the Maquoketa Police Department.

Sara is doing everything she can to find some answers. She's posting flyers around town, asking people with info to call authorities.

"It's a small town. People talk. I just want them to talk to police and find this person," said Sara.

If you have information, you're asked to call the Maquoketa Police at (563) 652-2468 or Jackson County Crime Stoppers at (563) 652-2212.
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