Report: Man shot multiple times in altercation with police


A recently unsealed arrest affidavit for Spencer Shanley, 29, sheds some light on the events leading up to police officers firing at least a dozen shots in a neighborhood on Jack Creek Road in June.

About 1 a.m. on June 14, Grand Junction Police Department officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of Jack Creek Road for a report of a suicidal subject, the affidavit said.

Police were told the male subject was sitting in his vehicle, pointing a gun at his own head.

Police officers Tom Nelson and Chris Wood were the first to arrive. At 1:12 a.m., dispatchers received confirmation that shots were fired and the suspect was injured.

The suspect, later identified as Shanley, was taken to the hospital with several gunshot wounds that damaged arteries, and he had several broken bones, the affidavit said.

Initial photos appeared to show Shanley suffered four to six wounds from bullets and/or shrapnel from the rounds.

At 1:30 a.m., the Critical Incident Review Team was sent to investigate.

A walkthrough of the shooting scene found that there were 14 spent .223 casings found in various locations. Nelson's rifle was found to be 11 rounds short of full and Wood's rifle was three rounds short of full, the affidavit said.

A .380 handgun with a laser site was also found on the street, matching the description of the gun the suspect allegedly had on him. No handgun ammunition spent casings were reportedly found at the scene.

In an interview the next day, Wood said he and Nelson approached the home from the southeast corner of Spanish Trails Drive and Jack Creek Road and were approached from behind by an unknown suspect.

According to the arrest affidavit, the unknown male came from "behind them walking eastbound by them on the south sidewalk about 6 to 10 feet from the officers."

Nelson said he and Wood were by a corner of the home looking east toward the address, about 10 feet from the sidewalk.

Nelson said he first saw the suspect walking east on the sidewalk roughly parallel to the officers.

Both officers reportedly pointed their flashlights at the suspect and Nelson gave verbal commands for the suspect to raise his hands.

Nelson said he told the suspect, "Police Department, show me your hands."

As soon as Nelson gave the verbal commands, the suspect's hands went to his front waist area, Wood recalled.

The suspect then started to sprint from the officers toward the residence of the person who had called police, the affidavit said.

Nelson said the subject did not comply with verbal commands, then fled.

Shanley allegedly pulled a gun from his waistline and turned quickly to face the officers, now holding the gun and pointing it at the officers, the affidavit said.

The gun was emitting a red light later identified as a laser sight.

Both officers recognized this as a lethal threat and fired their weapons, according to the affidavit.

Nelson said he believed the suspect's intention was to shoot the officers, so he fired multiple rounds with his rifle at the man, the affidavit said.

He said he saw a red laser sweep across his face and he ducked down and continued firing.

Wood estimated the subject was within 20 yards of him at the time the shots were fired.

Police attempted to interview Shanley but he declined to speak, the affidavit said. A blood sample was taken from Shanley at the hospital, but the results were not yet available, according to the affidavit. Unknown pills found in a truck at the scene were also sent for testing.

Shanley was charged with two counts of criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder, among other charges.

A judge set his bond at $100,000 at his arraignment hearing this month.

He is next scheduled to appear in court for a review hearing on Sept. 30.

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