- Associated Press - Thursday, December 5, 2019

STUART, Iowa (AP) - A prosecutor in central Iowa has cleared of wrongdoing those officers involved in an October shootout that injured two Guthrie County deputies and a suspect.

Television station KCCI says Adair County Attorney Melissa Larson issued a four-page report Wednesday saying deputies Kent Gries and Steven Henry, as well as Stuart Police Officer Tyler DeFrancisco, were justified in firing their weapons at 52-year-old Randall Comly during the Oct. 17 incident.

Comly is accused of firing a handgun at Gries and DeFrancisco as they tried to arrest him inside a Stuart apartment complex. Gries and DeFrancisco were not hit, but they and Henry returned fire, wounding Comly. The officers’ shots also injured two other deputies posted outside the apartment complex.

Comly was initially charged with attempted murder counts, but those charges were later dropped in exchange for federal drug charges that could see Comly get a stiffer prison sentence if he’s convicted.

Stuart is located about 35 miles (57 kilometers) west of Des Moines.



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