(Decatur) The Iowa Department of Public Safety says 16-year-old Chance Newton of Kellerton faces two-counts of Attempted Murder after leading law enforcement on a pursuit through Decatur County and shooting a weapon at several Officers Tuesday.
Earlier this week, Ringgold County Law Enforcement received a report of a stolen Blue Ford Focus. At around 5:00 a.m. the following day, a Ringgold County Sheriff’s Deputy located the stolen car, but when he attempted to stop the vehicle the driver identified as Newton led the Deputy on a short pursuit. The Deputy soon lost sight of the stolen vehicle.
The Blue Ford Focus was located about an hour and a half later in Kellerton and Newton took off again and leading officers from the Iowa State Patrol and Ringgold and Decatur County Sheriff’s Offices on a pursuit eastbound on Highway 2 then north on Highway 169. The pursuit ended when Newton lost control and crashed along 240th Avenue in Rural Decatur County.
As Officers approved the crash, Newton fired several rounds from his weapon striking both the Decatur County Deputies Car and a State Trooper’s cruiser injuring the officers. None of the Officers returned fire. Newton then fled on foot into a nearby field and was located at around 9:00 a.m. at a rural farm house located about one and a half miles away from the crash. Newton was taken into custody without incident. Additional charges are pending.
The officers that received fire were transported for medical treatment but their injuries are non-life threatening.
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation continues to investigate this incident.
January 16, 2013