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Dayton Man Admits to Shooting at Off-Duty Police Detective's Car in Case of Mistaken Identity

Bryan Dijkhuizen

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A Dayton man has admitted to shooting at an off-duty police detective’s car in a case of mistaken identity.

Claude Wayne Chadwell, 57, pleaded guilty to three counts of felonious assault on Wednesday before Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge Mary Wiseman.

He could face up to 12 years in prison and a $20,000 fine when he is sentenced on April 19.

The Incident

The incident happened on Nov. 10, 2022, when Chadwell was driving a 1994 Ford F-150 with a passenger.

He spotted a vehicle driven by an off-duty Dayton police detective, who had his son and son’s girlfriend with him. Chadwell followed the detective closely and pulled up next to him at an intersection. Chadwell’s passenger was acting erratically and screaming at the detective and reached for his waistband.

The detective, fearing for his safety, showed his firearm and sped away.

Chadwell then chased the detective and fired about 12 shots at his car, according to an affidavit filed in Dayton Municipal Court. Police later found Chadwell and arrested him.

Chadwell told police that he shot at the fleeing vehicle because he was “pissed” and that he did not know he was shooting at a police officer. He said he thought the detective and his passengers were the people who had been trying to break into his garage.

As part of his plea deal, Chadwell had other charges dismissed, including having weapons under disability for a prior felony drug conviction, tampering with evidence, discharging a firearm on or near prohibited premises, and receiving stolen property. Chadwell’s defense attorney could not be reached for comment.

Chadwell was released from the Montgomery County Jail on a $10,000 bond until his sentencing date. He is no longer in custody.

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