A Manning man who allegedly fired several rounds from a handgun into a parked car has had two of his three charges dismissed. An order filed in District Court for Carroll County last week reads, “The state must offer facts sufficient to show that probable cause supports the charge. The state presents no evidence and, as such, this matter must be dismissed without prejudice.” Sixty-two-year-old Clifton Bruce Napier, who is accused of the shooting on the evening of May 1, will not be brought to court on the charges of reckless use of a firearm causing property damage and open container at this time. Napier’s attorney was also released from further representation. Carroll County Attorney, John Werden, says when the matter went before the court, an analysis from the Division of Criminal Investigation was not yet available. When a case is dismissed without prejudice, formal charges can be brought back to the court at a later date. Werden says he expects to be able to file those before Napier is released from jail on an associated misdemeanor charge. At the time this aired, Napier was still being held for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, a charge that was also levied the night of the shooting. The Carroll Police Department was notified of shots fired in the 900 block of North West Street at approximately 7:46 p.m. on that Wednesday. Upon arrival, officers found three bullet holes in a parked car and shell casings from a 9mm handgun on the scene. Witnesses verified hearing gunshots and seeing a black Chevrolet Malibu that fled from the scene. Napier was identified as the suspect. His vehicle was pulled over just west of Templeton on Highway 141 about an hour and half later by an Iowa State Patrol trooper and he was taken into custody without further incident.
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