Mediapolis Man Arrested After Shotgun Blast

On September 9, 2023, at approximately 10:20 PM Des Moines County deputies were dispatched to 10852 Mediapolis Road in reference to shots fired.  Deputies spoke with the complainant who advised they heard a shotgun fired outside their residence and observed a blue truck leave towards Mediapolis.  They indicated the suspect to Christopher Vargason, age 28, of Mediapolis, and believed Vargason was shooting at them or their residence.


Deputies located Vargason in Mediapolis and spoke with him about the incident.  Vargason would eventually admit to firing a shotgun in the air outside of the victim’s residence in an attempt to scare them.  After further investigation, Vargason was arrested and charged with Intimidation With a Dangerous Weapon (C Felony) and Reckless Use of Firearm (simple misdemeanor).