DAYTON – A Dayton man is facing charges after police say he shot an off-duty Dayton police detective.
Claude Chadwell, 56, is charged with three counts of felonious assault, three counts of possession of a weapon while under disability, receiving stolen property, tampering with evidence and a special weapons charge.
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On November 10, an off-duty Dayton police detective was leaving his residence with his son and his son’s girlfriend. While driving in the area of Ewalt and Dwight Avenues, Chadwell began following the detective’s vehicle, eventually pulling up to the detective.
According to an affidavit and statement of facts, the former passenger was “behaving uncontrollably and yelling” at the detective. Then he reached his waist. That’s when the detective produced his gun “out of fear for his safety” and drove off at high speed.
Chadwell allegedly then followed the detective’s vehicle and fired approximately 12 shots into the vehicle.
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Chadwell was arrested on Monday. He admitted to shooting the detective, according to court documents. He said he didn’t know the man was a detective and thought he was trying to break into his garage.
“When Chadwell was asked why he fired at the getaway vehicle, he said ‘because he was nervous,'” the statement of facts read.
Chadwell made his first court appearance Tuesday. He remains in the Montgomery County Jail, according to online jail records.
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