Cops make third arrest in trooper shooting
Nichole Denise Brownell, 39, was released on an $11,000 bond, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s OfficeGLENWOOD SPRINGS – A woman sought in connection with the Oct. 24 shooting of a Colorado State Patrol officer outside of Rifle turned herself in to Garfield County authorities on Saturday.Nichole Denise Brownell, 39, was released on an $11,000 bond, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. The agency had issued a warrant for her arrest last week on a charge of being an accessory to the attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.Trooper Brian Koch was shot and wounded by Steven Appl, who lived outside of Battlement Mesa, after pulling Appl over for a traffic violation. The day after the officer’s shooting, Appl, 33, shot and killed himself while hiding inside a vehicle that was stopped at a police checkpoint south of Silt.The driver of the vehicle carrying Appl, Cori Graham of Debeque, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to a crime, tampering with evidence and obstructing a peace officer.Last week, also in connection with the case, authorities arrested Wayne D. Hangs on felony charges of being an accessory to a crime and tampering with physical evidence, and a misdemeanor charge of obstructing a peace officer. He was freed on a $5,000 bond.Before his death, Appl had allegedly been hiding out on a Dry Hollow Road residence near Silt shared by Hangs and Brownell. Graham told police that Brownell and Appl instructed her to drive Appl down to Silt, where she would leave the car with him and Brownell would pick her up later.On an unrelated case, Brownell pleaded guilty to local meth-related charges in Rifle in September, and faced new meth charges in Mesa County in October.Vail Daily, Vail, Colorado
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