Redlands crash suspect tried to run down cop, affidavit says
A Grand Junction police officer responding to a domestic dispute in The Ridges subdivision Wednesday night narrowly avoided a collision with a man fleeing in a Jeep Liberty, which at one point was moving “straight toward” the officer’s patrol car in an attempt to hit it, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Upon his release from St. Mary’s Hospital, Clifford Guill, 44, will be arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault, felony menacing and prohibited use of a weapon, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.
Police were called around 8 p.m. Wednesday to Guill’s home in the 300 block of Hill View Drive, where his girlfriend told officers they had been arguing, and Guill had consumed a 12-pack of beer that night, the affidavit said.
Guill’s girlfriend told an officer she felt Guill thought he was being “picked on” by her, and he became more agitated. He eventually retrieved a handgun from the bedroom and pointed it at his head before pushing her down on the bed, the affidavit said.
“… Clifford Guill placed his free arm on her throat and pointed the gun at her head and asked her how it feels to have her life in danger,” the affidavit said.
Two young children — their relationship to the couple isn’t explained in a redacted version of an affidavit released Friday by Grand Junction police — were witnesses to the incident.
After driving away from the home, Guill headed toward a home in the 2300 block of South Broadway, where his ex-girlfriend lives.
Guill allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend, hitting him with a gun and kicking him on the ground.
The man told The Daily Sentinel on Friday evening that Guill beat him until he was unconscious, and his injuries included a broken jaw and a concussion.
Guill told the man, “You and I are both going to die tonight,” according to the affidavit.
Guill left only after the victim’s mother walked outside and fired a gun into the air.
A neighbor told officers he walked outside after hearing someone screaming for help, and he was confronted by Guill.
“The male subject turned and pointed the gun at him and said something to the effect of don’t be a hero,” the affidavit said.
Guill was arrested after crashing his Jeep Liberty while trying to turn left from Broadway at the intersection with Redlands Parkway.
Police arrested Guill twice previously this year on suspicion of third-degree assault, on June 1 and July 7. The latter arrest included domestic violence and harassment charges.