SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT- SPECIAL PRESS RELEASE FORT MADISON POLICE DEPARTMENT
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Shortly after 10:00 AM this morning, our department responded to a call of an active shooter at
the Fort Madison High School. A lock down occurred, and officers conducted a systematic
search of the building. It was learned that nothing unusual was observed on the premises prior
to the report. As time progressed, it became known that other school districts in southeast
Iowa, including Central Lee and Keokuk, received similar calls. Working with district officials,
protocols were followed to insure there was no risk to students before resuming daily activities.
The department’s school resource officer will remain posted at the high school throughout the
The Fort Madison Community School District will issue a joint press release of the incident.
Because of the magnitude of multiple false calls prompting law enforcement action state-wide,
specific details are being withheld pending investigation by the FBI.
We are thankful for the assistance rendered by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and other first
responders who provided support at the scene.
Chief of Police