Gunnison police ID man shot by officers

Suspect being treated for 'non-life threatening' injuries in Salida; officers placed on paid leave

Will Shoemaker

Times Editor

Gunnison Police have identified the man shot on the east side of Monarch Pass following a police chase Wednesday night as Roy Dale Gilmore, 38, of Oklahoma. In a prepared statement Friday, police described Gilmore, who was driving a stolen vehicle, as a "client" of state corrections in Oklahoma who had "numerous out of state warrants." 

A press release about the incident  indicates that at approximately 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, officers contacted Gilmore in a vehicle in Gunnison's downtown business district. Gilmore, however, provided officers with a false name and date of birth. He subsequently fled the scene in the silver Jeep Grand Cherokee with temporary tags that he was driving, nearly striking an officer.

A police statement Friday indicated the the Jeep was confirmed stolen out of Carson City, Nev., on or around Feb. 15.

After fleeing officers, the vehicle traveled eastbound out of Gunnison with police and Gunnison County Sheriff's officers in pursuit. The vehicle reportedly continued over Monarch Pass and into Chaffee County, where Gunnison police contacted the driver off of a county road. During the contact, Gilmore was shot by officers.

Gilmore was transported to Heart of the Rockies Regional Medical Center in Salida. No officers were injured in the altercation.

Mid-day Friday, Gilmore was still in the hospital being treated for "non-life threatening injuries," according to a police statement. 

The 7th Judicial District Critical Incident Investigative Team is investigating the shooting. Officers involved in the shooting employed by Gunnison Police and the Gunnison County Sheriff's Office have been placed on paid administrative leave.

(Will Shoemaker can be contacted at 970.641.1414 or editor@gunnisontimes.com.)

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