$5 million bond for 2 men accused of shooting at police, ramming patrol cars in Castle Rock, Parker
DA: Gun could fire armor-piercing bullets
Last Updated: 284 days ago
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - A judge has set bond at $5 million each for two men accused of shooting at police officers in Castle Rock and Parker and ramming patrol cars during a police chase early Saturday.
Douglas County District Attorney George Brauchler requested a high bond for the men during a Monday court hearing, saying Clifford Charles "C.J." Galley II, 23, and David Larry Vasquez, 24, pose a "clear risk to public safety."
Brauchler told the judge that a gun fired at officers during the shootout is designed to shoot armor-piercing bullets. Brauchler's spokeswoman, Lisa Pinto, said it was unclear Monday whether the gunmen actually fired armor-piercing rounds.
In the Saturday incident, Galley, a Northglenn resident, faces seven counts of attempted first-degree murder on a peace officer, seven counts of first-degree assault on a peace officer and one count of felony menacing, police said. Galley has several outstanding warrants, including one for first-degree assault on a peace officer.
In the Saturday incident, Vasquez, a Federal Heights resident, faces one count of attempted first-degree murder on a peace officer and complicity in a crime, police said.
Both men were held Monday at the Douglas County Detention Center.
Gwen Devilbiss, 19, who riding in the fleeing car, was also detained as a person of interest, police said.
Devilbiss suffered a gunshot wound during the shootout and remained in the hospital on Monday, said Parker police spokeswoman Officer Dawn Cashman. At this point in the investigation, it's unclear who shot the woman.
The wild chase began around midnight Friday as Northglenn and Thornton police officers were trying to contact Galley, who was wanted on outstanding warrants, police said. Galley was riding in a vehicle in downtown Castle Rock near the Taco Bell restaurant at 95 Rio Grande Drive.
As officers approached the car, someone inside it began firing at the officers and the driver rammed police vehicles, Cashman said. Officers returned fire.
One officer was treated at a local area hospital for minor bruises and abrasions and another was treated for a leg injury and broken finger.
The suspects took off in the vehicle, heading north on Crowfoot Valley Road.
Officers from several agencies pursued the vehicle and police placed "stop-sticks" in the area of Crowfoot Valley Road and Stroh Road in an attempt to puncture the car's tires, Cashman said.
The car veered around the stop-sticks and someone in the vehicle again fired at police, Cashman said.
The suspect stop near North Jordan Road and Jordan Court and Galley, Vasquez and Devilbiss jumped out of the vehicle and ran into the Clarke Farms subdivision, Cashman said.
Police blocked roads around the subdivision and issued a telephone alert to more than 3,000 phone numbers in a 1-mile radius of the Clarke Farms subdivision. Neighbors were warned to stay indoors, not to approach anyone suspicious and to make sure that their vehicles were still in their driveways.
Devilbiss was taken into custody after about 30 minutes.
After searching for about six hours, SWAT officers found the two men hiding in the back yard of a home and arrested them at about 7 a.m. Saturday, police said.
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