Suspect in Loveland cop shooting Cody Powell turns himself in, is booked into jail

Loveland Police chief issues statement

LOVELAND, Colo. - A Loveland man has been arrested after turning himself in for the Sunday night shooting of a police officer.

Police said Cody Alan Powell, 23, was arrested for investigation of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer and first-degree assault.

At about 3:26 p.m., Tuesday, Powell called the Fort Collins Police Department asking to turn himself in. Fort Collins police officers transported Powell to the police department. Less than an hour after he called police to surrender, Powell was taken to the Loveland Police Department.

The suspect should be arraigned on Wednesday in Larimer County District Court. Formal charges should be presented to the Larimer County District Attorney’s Office by the end of the week, police said.

Police said the investigation is on-going.

Family members had been trying reach Powell all day to get him to turn himself in, but he wouldn't answer his cellphone, a relative told 7NEWS.

"This is what we wanted. We wanted him to turn himself in; we didn't want him hurt," the family member said.

Powell's family isn't sure whether he had a role in shooting the officer.

"This is nothing like him. He's just a scared kid," the family member said.  The family member told 7NEWS that Powell paints cars for a living.

Powell's Facebook page has a Nov. 21, 2013 shared photo that shows a row of handguns with the words "Guns are like potato chips...It's hard to have just one."

This isn't Powell's first trouble with the law.

He was arrested in Loveland for burglary and theft in 2009, according to court records.

Powell pleaded guilty to felony burglary of a dwelling and initially received two years of probation and a deferred judgment that would have allowed him to avoid jail if he stayed out of trouble, court records state. But his probation was revoked in August 2013 and he was re-sentenced to three months in jail and three additional months of probation.

In 2011, Powell was arrested for driving under the influence in Loveland, court records show. He pleaded guilty to the lesser offense of driving while ability impaired and was sentenced to 15 months of probation and fined $1,073.

Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith posted on his Facebook page about what happened: "I was able to watch the net tighten today on the "person of interest" in the shooting of the Loveland Police Officer. Like you, I am relieved to know he is off the street, but I know that much more work lies ahead as detectives work to piece together (the) facts of what occurred on Sunday night."

Loveland Police officer Garret Osilka was shot Sunday night during a traffic stop at 17th Street and North Wilson Avenue. Osilka was able to radio for help and said he returned fire as an older blue Jeep speed away.  The Jeep was later found abandoned about six hours later.

Osilka was shot in the chest, and is in intensive care at a Loveland Hospital; his condition is slowly improving, police said Tuesday.

Powell was the subject of a SWAT team deployment on Monday afternoon. Police called his name as they entered an apartment off Terri Drive, but he was not there. 7NEWS traced the apartment that police entered to a Facebook friend of the person of interest.

Loveland Police Chief Luke Hecker asked to convey the following message to community members and fellow law enforcement officials:

"On behalf of Officer Garrett Osilka and his beautiful family, I am very pleased to be at this juncture in the long process of obtaining a true and just disposition in the case.”

“I am fiercely proud of the tireless effort of the men and women of the Loveland Police Department over the last few days to investigate this case around the clock and uncover meaningful facts.”

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