DCI identifies law enforcement personnel, suspect involved in overnight Stuart shooting

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STUART — Two Guthrie County sheriff deputies were shot after a standoff late Thursday night.

A third deputy suffered gunpowder burns to his face.

All three were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, three Guthrie County deputies and one Stuart police officer tried to serve an arrest warrant on outstanding felony charges for 52-year-old Randall Comly at an apartment in the 600 block of SW 7th Street when things escalated and shots were fired.

52-year-old Randall Comly

Deputy Kent Gries, Deputy Steven Henry, Deputy Jim Mink and Officer Tyler DeFrancisco have all been identified by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation.

The officers knocked on the apartment door, where they were met by an adult male, not Comly. The officers entered the apartment, and while searching for Comly, the officers were met with gunfire, according to the DCI.

The officers returned fire.

In the exchange of gunfire two deputies sustained non-life threatening gunshot wounds and a third deputy sustained a gunpowder burn. Comly sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. All those injured were transported to Des Moines hospitals. Also inside the apartment at the time of the shooting were two adult females, neither of which was injured.

“More than 50 police officers, deputies, and troopers responded to the report of shots fired,” DCI said in a statement. “Arriving officers were able to secure the area, evacuate neighbors, negotiate a peaceful ending to the incident, and take Mr. Comly into custody.”

Comly is at a Des Moines hospital in law enforcement custody on outstanding warrants. No criminal charges have been filed related to the shooting.

DCI says they will provide the findings of their investigation, which could take several weeks, to the Adair County Attorney’s office.

Law enforcement personnel involved in Stuart shooting

  • Deputy Kent Gries is a 13-year veteran of the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Deputy Steven Henry is a seven-year veteran of the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Deputy Jim Mink is a five-year veteran of the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Officer Tyler DeFrancisco has one year of service with the Stuart Police Department.

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