Deputies shoot suspect's SUV, tase him into submission

By: KKCO - Email
By: KKCO - Email

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Montrose.

On July 19, the Montrose County Sheriff's Office got a call that a man was repeatedly ramming his SUV into a barn. When deputies arrived on scene they found 60-year-old Dallas Nichols driving around in circles.

Deputies used their lights and sirens to try to get Nichols to pull over but he didn't. Officers set up stop sticks were set up, but Nichols was able to maneuver around them. Colorado State Patrol, the Montrose Police Department and Fire Department were then called in to set up a perimeter.

After repeated attempts to get Nichols to pull over deputies pulled their guns and shot out his right rear tire and put a bullet in the engine. Nichols continued to drive on the flat tire so deputies fired another five shots at his SUV according to a sheriff's office spokesperson.

Nichols then drove up a hill and went through a fence. Deputies say he then got out of the vehicle and swung a tire iron around. He was tased into submission.

Nichols is being held at the Montrose County Jail on charges of vehicular assault, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, felony menacing, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Officials with the Montrose County Sheriff's Office say they don't what set Nichols off.

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