DES MOINES, Iowa- A Stuart, Iowa man accused of shooting and attempting to kill a police officer and three Sheriff's deputies, has been indicted on gun and drug charges. A federal grand jury has indicted Randall Comly, who faces life in prison.
The shooting happened October 17th, as officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant.
Court documents state Comly allegedly shot repeatedly at the officers, two of whom were wounded during the exchange of gunfire. The government alleges that a search of Comly’s apartment revealed a .22 caliber revolver and methamphetamine under the bed in the room where Comly barricaded himself.
Comly is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm; possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it; and possessing, brandishing, and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
If convicted, Comly faces at least 25 years in prison, and up to life in prison. Under federal law, there is no parole.
“Randall Comly is a felon and alleged drug dealer who shot at law enforcement officers who
were doing their jobs and protecting our community," said United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum.
“We will hold him fully accountable for his crimes.”
Comly is currently charged in state court with attempted murder. Those charges will be
dismissed without prejudice to allow the federal charges to proceed first.
“An essential role of the county attorney is to pursue criminal cases in order to keep our
communities safe, and our office takes that role very seriously,” said Adair County Attorney Melissa
S. Larson. “I believe that the decision to step back from pursuing the state charges at this time, in
order for the federal case to proceed first, accomplishes this. I am confident that the U.S. Attorney’s
office will prosecute their case to the fullest extent of the law.”
Comly has been arrested and made his initial appearance in federal court in Des Moines,
Iowa. Trial is set for February 3, 2020, before the Honorable Rebecca Goodgame Ebinger, United
States District Court Judge.