March 05, 2021

Detective shot in leg while holstering weapon, report states

Task force was apprehending Newton man when injury occurred

A detective’s injuries suffered during a Monday night apprehension in Newton are due to an accidental weapon discharge, according to the Mid-Iowa Narcotics Enforcement Task Force.

Jana Abens, a spokesperson for the task force, would not identify the detective nor which agency employs that detective. There are 16 Iowa law enforcement agencies that comprise the task force, including the Newton Police Department and Jasper County Sheriff’s Office.

The detective was accidentally shot in the leg while trying to return a gun to a holster.

The task force was working in cooperation with Des Moines Police Department’s narcotics detectives to apprehend Chad E. Coady, of Newton, who had an active warrant for parole violation.

Coady was approached by detectives in the Perkins restaurant parking lot, where he had parked. He drove toward detectives’ vehicles causing two separate collisions, a report states.

While this was taking place, a MINE Task Force detective was returning a duty weapon to its holster when an accidental discharge occurred resulting in an entry and exit wound to the lower right leg.

The detective was treated by medics and then transported by helicopter to a Des Moines area hospital, and is in good condition. No other injuries were reported.

As a result of items located within the vehicle occupied by Coady and the parole violation warrant, he was taken into custody and transported to the Jasper County Jail.

Charges filed include possession of a firearm by a felon, possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine, tax stamp violation, assault on an officer while participating in a felony, and the previous parole violation. A court hearing for Coady was scheduled to take place Tuesday.

Additional information may be made available as the investigation continues.

Contact Jason W. Brooks at 641-792-3121 ext. 6532 or