Dubuque Police Officer Hospitalized After Exposure
Contacts: Lieutenant Joe Messerich, (563) 589-4473
Assistant Chief Jeremy Jensen, (563) 589-4444
On 04/03/19 at approximately 7:48 PM the Dubuque Police Department responded to a disturbance at 2095 Central Ave. Officers made contact with the occupants of the residence and ultimately arrested Nathan Michael Chapman, 43, for Domestic Assault Causing Injury and Harassment in the Second Degree.
Officers observed drug paraphernalia in the residence while investigating the assault. Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for the residence and began to search for drugs and related paraphernalia. During the search, at approximately 10:20 PM, an officer came into contact with an unknown powdery substance and began losing consciousness. Fellow officers pulled the officer out of the residence and called for an ambulance. Officers on scene administered Narcan to the semi-conscious officer who was then transported to Mercy Hospital by a Dubuque Fire Department ambulance. The officer began to recover and was treated and later released from the hospital. The officer is a nine-year veteran of the department and is recuperating at home.
The Dubuque Drug Taskforce responded to 2095 Central Ave and collected the powdery substance. The substance will be sent for further testing and the investigation is ongoing.
The officers of the Dubuque Police Department want to thank those who expressed concern and support for our officer.
As with any criminal case, the charges filed are allegations and any suspects are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. If you have any information on this incident or others, please call the Dubuque Police Department at 563-589-4415 or Crime Stoppers at 800-747-0117 or 563-588-0714 (if the information leads to an arrest, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000). You can also submit tips anonymously online at www.cityofdubuque.org/police or through the MyDBQ smartphone app available at www.cityofdubuque.org/MyDBQ.