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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  • by ELizabeth Location: St. Louis MO on Jul 22, 2009 at 01:07 PM
    I know this man, This is a travesty; his wife has tried to get mental health help for him.. He has a number of health issues which seem to be causing these incidents in which he doesn't seem to know what he's doing or right from wrong. She begged the VA hospital recently not to let him out, they dumped him out anyway. What a country....this was an accident waiting to happen!!! He appears to need medical/mental health assistance. All eyes will be on Montrose to see if they do the right thing and get this man help. Officers do have a right to protect themselves, but they also have an ethical responsibility to treat those with mental/physical issues with respect and to direct them to appropriate help, and not to let them sit in jail, where their mental, physical needs will not be met.
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