Man accused of shooting, hurting Guthrie County deputies now facing federal charges

Randall Comly, 52 (Courtesy: Clarke County Jail)
By  | 

STUART, Iowa (KCRG) - The man accused of firing at deputies west of Des Moines in September is now facing federal charges.

Randall Comly is charged with gun and drug crimes and could face a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The federal charges include being a felon in possession of a firearm; possessing meth with the intent to distribute; and possessing, brandishing and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

In October, a police officer and three Guthrie County deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant to Comly at his apartment in Stuart. The warrant was for a felony arson charge from a fire in September.

Comly allegedly hid in a closet and shot repeatedly at the officers, hurting two of them.

Court documents show a search of his apartment revealed a 22-caliber revolver and meth under the bed in the room Comly barricaded himself. Comly is facing two charges of attempted murder in state court.