DA: Police Justified In Using Deadly Force During Chase

By: KKTV/Catherine Bilkey Email
By: KKTV/Catherine Bilkey Email

Colorado Springs police were justified in using deadly force during a dangerous chase across the city last April. No one was killed, but one of the suspects broke an arm when their vehicle rolled.

Afterward, Police arrested Michael Peyton, 20, Travis Broadway, 21, and Parice Daily, 23.

Investigators said officers were called to check out a reported stolen car on the morning of April 7. The car was in the parking lot of a strip mall on South Academy Boulevard. Police believe the men in the car were about to hold up one of the businesses when they arrived.

When officers tried to stop the car, the driver sped away. Police gave chase, and report one of the men fired an AK-47 assault rifle at them at least 20 times, hitting a patrol car and a car belonging to another driver.

Police followed the suspect vehicle along a route that took them to Powers Boulevard, Carefree Circle South and back to Constitution Avenue. The chase reached speeds of approximately 100 miles per hour.

The driver also stopped several times during the pursuit. At one point police report two officers on foot fired at least four times at the suspects’ vehicle. None of the three suspects were hit by those shots.

Eventually, one officer performed a tactical vehicle intervention that caused the suspect vehicle to roll. Daily broke his arm in the crash. No one else was hurt.

The District Attorney’s Office says that the officers were justified in their use of force. That is covered under state statutes that allow an officer to use deadly force if he or she reasonably believes that is necessary to defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the imminent use of deadly physical force, or to effect an arrest of a person he reasonably believes has committed or attempted to commit a felony involving the use or threatened use of a deadly weapon, or otherwise indicated that he is likely to endanger human life or to inflict serious bodily injury to another unless apprehended without delay.


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  • by parent Location: 719 on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:51 PM
    I love you and will back you.
  • by Resident Location: Colorado on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    More importantly...where have their parents been?? These juveniles have been left to run and noone at home is minding what they have done and are doing. I realize that after a certain age..the kid is ultimately responsible for his/her own actions. But we have parents who do not know a thing about parenting or for that matter want to be responsible parents. It is much to easy to give them a couple of bucks and tell them to get out of their hair. These now criminals will be tried as adults and will have to the time for the crime. PARENTS...START BEING A RESPONSIBLE PARENT. Our communities we be so much better off if people cared about their children and not just about having their fun!!!
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      by Parent on Apr 9, 2012 at 04:08 PM in reply to Resident
      As parents, we are cut off at the knees when trying to discipline our children or doling out consequences. Then people wonder when the kids walk all over people and behave badly. It's a struggle to do anything that will instil a lesson learned. And I'm not talking about abuse here. I'm talking about real consequences for their actions rather than letting them be free and express themselves however they want to. Parents are no longer allowed to be in control. The kids run the show. No wonder some parents are too run down to try once their kids get older. Add drinking and drugs to the mix and Kids think they are ten foot tall and bulletproof.
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      by FarginBastige on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:09 AM in reply to Resident
      While I agree with everything you have said, I must point out that these are not juveniles. They are 20, 21, and 23 years old. Of course they will be tried as adults, because they are adults. Throw the book at them.
  • by No One Really on Apr 9, 2012 at 11:10 AM
    Would have made a better story if one of the cops would have lost his life smh why can't I ever hear good news like that
  • by bron on Apr 9, 2012 at 10:44 AM
    where in the heck did they get an automatic weapon?
  • by smh on Apr 9, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    Just reading these comments makes me laugh and sad at the samethime. It doesnt matter where you live or what color you are, crime is crime. And if you havent lived anywhere besides Colorado Springs then you dont know what a "real" ghetto is. I think everyone is responsible for their own actions, there is no excuse can be made for that type of behavior. Color has nothing to do with crime, I work with a girl who lives off of Woodmen and Powers and her house was broken into and her car was stolen, the kids who did it were white and they lived around the corner from her. So where you live and color has nothing to do with it. It is true that now a days most kids listening to rap music and wearing their clothes like "gangsters" are suburban white kids. Crime has no color, demographics, age or religion. The responsiblity of our actions are our own.
  • by Ramos on Apr 9, 2012 at 07:48 AM
    To juan i would not blame Ft Carson for the problems in the springs, just because you are to lazy to get off your couch and get a job, and work like the rest of us so called beaners.
  • by Juan on Apr 8, 2012 at 03:47 PM
    Seems like black folks are committing more crimes now days, didn't use to be that way before Fort Cartoon brought them here! Just us Mexicans and Gringos back then.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2012 at 07:17 PM in reply to Juan
      yeah...and us whites used to tease you beaners....your very dirty people with no morals
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      by Ramos on Apr 9, 2012 at 07:39 AM in reply to Juan
      I would not blame Ft Carson for your failure to get off the couch and and get a job and do something for your self ,instead of sitting at home on your computer and being an internet bully,
  • by Ricardo Location: COSPRNGS on Apr 8, 2012 at 01:13 PM
    Hey African Nation...no offense...but the term African American is soooo over-used. Either you are American or not...don't subvert your issues of nationality to slavery. Come on dude or dudette...get a clue this is AMERICA...thuganomics 101 is not a degree you earn...its stupidity in the balance.
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      by smh on Apr 9, 2012 at 09:05 AM in reply to Ricardo
      I agree, I dont consider myself African American, I was born in America and so were my parents, so I'm American. Ppl get so caught up in lables.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 8, 2012 at 09:41 AM
    Two groups of fools driving fast and shooting at each other.....Lucky that they didn't kill some innocent person.
  • by RICO Location: Springs on Apr 8, 2012 at 09:14 AM
    Perhaps they were dedicated young journalists from The Grio, simply looking for George Zimmerman to conduct a pre-arranged interview to get his side of the story, and somehow got turned around with their driving directions...
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