Man charged with attempted murder in Iowa police shootout

Randall Comley fired a gun at a police officer and deputy as they served an arrest warrant Thursday morning


Associated Press

STUART, Iowa — A man wounded in an Iowa shootout with officers that also wounded two deputies has been charged with two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says in a news release Tuesday that 52-year-old Randall Comly fired a gun at Guthrie County Deputy Kent Gries and Stuart police officer Tyler DeFrancisco on Thursday inside an apartment. Neither were shot.

However, two deputies posted outside the apartment, Steven Henry and Jim Mink, were both shot. Investigators say they may have been hit by gunfire from fellow officers returning Comly's gunfire.

The shooting occurred in Stuart, about 35 miles west of Des Moines.

Both Mink and Henry were released from the hospital Saturday morning.

Comly was also wounded in the confrontation. He has since been released from the hospital and is being held in jail.

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