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Ottumwa Firefighter Faces Felony Weapons Charge

By Ellis Codjoe, January 11, 2018

An Ottumwa Firefighter has been arrested, once again, after sheriff deputies say he was in possession of a firearm or other offensive weapon.

Sheriff Deputies arrested 41 year old Master Firefighter Christopher Cale at his home in rural Wapello County at approximately Noon on Wednesday. He faces a felony charge of Possession or Control of a firearm by a Domestic Abuse Offender and a misdemeanor charge of violation of a no contact order.

Deputies were at his home to serve an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of a no contact order.

Cale was charged in July with Domestic Abuse Assault by Suffocation and Domestic Abuse Assault Causing Bodily Injury. A jury trial on those charges is currently scheduled for February 12th at 9:00 A.M. Documents filed in the Wapello County Courthouse indicate that Cale will use a defense of justification or self defense.

Both of the July charges are misdemeanor charges under Iowa law.

The charge of Possession of a Firearm is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Ottumwa Fire Chief Tony Miller left open the possibility that Cale will be removed from the fire department. When asked if Cale would remain on duty, Miller responded saying “I have to have a discussion with the City Attorney later today.”

“That would be a disciplinary action,” City Attorney Joni Keith told Ottumwa Radio News. “That information is confidential under the state law.”

Cale has been released from the Wapello County Jail after posting a $500 bond.

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