Gwen Devilbiss not charged in police shootout with pal Clifford Galley, $5 million in bonds
Now, charges have been put forward in the case, but none have her name on them. She's listed as a person of interest in the wild case, while Galley and a cohort have been slapped with $5 million in bonds.
Just after midnight on February 23, the Parker Police Department notes, detectives from the Thornton and Northglenn police departments tried to contact a fugitive with several outstanding warrants -- Galley, whose lengthy rap sheet includes a December allegation that he threatened a Northglenn cop with a weapon. The location: a Taco Bell off Plum Creek south of Castle Rock. But Galley, accompanied by Devilbiss and David Vasquez, a man with a criminal record of his own, didn't come quietly. Instead, the trio took off in a car amid a hail of gunfire.
A look at Galley from his Facebook page.
As many as 100 officers from ten agencies joined in the chase and subsequent pursuit of Galley and Vasquez, who took off on foot after crashing into a police car near Crowfoot Valley Road and Stroh Road (two officers suffered minor injuries) and remained at large until around 6:30 a.m., when they were taken into custody.
Devilbiss, for her part, was rounded up quickly after the men abandoned the car -- because she'd been hit by a chunk of lead. She was hospitalized, but her wounds aren't considered life-threatening. Thus far, investigators haven't determined who put a bullet into her.
After the publication of our previous post, the Parker PD, the Town of Castle Rock and the 18th Judicial District Attorney's Office jointly released information about charges. Galley will face seven counts of attempted first-degree murder on a peace officer, another seven of first-degree assault on a police officer and one count of felony menacing, in addition to those outstanding warrants. Vasquez is looking at a single count of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, as well as complicity. And Devilbiss? She hasn't been accused of anything, but is labeled as a "person of interest."
Devilbiss and a friend, from her Facebook page.
Galley and Vasquez won't be going anywhere soon, thanks to the aforementioned $5 million in bonds -- $3 million for the former, $2 million for the latter. The reason, says 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler in a statement: They present a "clear risk to public safety."
The pair will next appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday for the formal filing of charges. In the meantime, the Northglenn and Thornton police officers and three Parker police officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave -- standard policy after such an incident. And Devilbiss will continues to recuperate. But is she off the hook as far as the cops are concerned? Hard to say. The joint release notes that "this is an ongoing investigation and more charges are expected to be filled."
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