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Another suspect wanted in connection with trooper shooting

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Nichole Brownell, 39, is wanted in connection with the Oct. 24 shooting of a Colorado State Patrol trooper that occurred south of Silt.

Brownell is suspected of concealing and harboring the suspect Steve Appl after the shooting. An attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Brownell at her residence was made today.

Information received indicates that Brownell fled her residence in the company of her boyfriend and they are believed to be driving a silver Ford Mustang with unknown Utah plates. Information indicates that Brownell may be staying in the Glenwood Springs area or possibly the Parachute or Rifle area. Both Brownell and her boyfriend have strong ties to the Grand Junction area and the local meth community.



Brownell is described as 5-foot-3-inches tall, 130 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information on Brownell’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Garfield County Investigations Division at (970) 384-3625 or crimetips@garfield-county.com.

Trooper Brian Koch was shot after making a traffic stop around 11:20 p.m. Police believe Appl was the shooter. After an intense manhunt, Appl committed suicide at a police checkpoint.



Cori Graham, 27, of DeBeque was arrested on felony counts of being an accessory to a crime and tampering with evidence on Wednesday, Oct. 25. She was behind the wheel of the pickup that was stopped at the checkpoint in which Appl was hiding in the back seat.

Graham is fee on bond.

Koch underwent surgery for a bullet wound to the left forearm and is now recovering.


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