DA’s office hopes to conclude investigation into Grand County shooting soon
November 27, 2008
The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office hopes to finalize its investigation soon into the shooting of a local man by a Grand County, Colorado, Sheriff’s deputy.
David Christopher North (aka Christopher David Dalgarn), 23, of Granby was shot by a Grand County Sheriff’s deputy on Oct. 6. He is reported to be paralyzed from the chest down after undergoing several surgeries.
After the shooting, an investigation was initiated by the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
On Wednesday, District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham said the investigation is nearing a conclusion.
“It think we’re getting close,” Oldham said. “Probably in the next couple of weeks, we’ll be able to make a decision. We’re hoping for that.”
The incident that led to North’s shooting began with a high-speed chase on U.S. Highway 40 on the evening of Oct. 6. To end the pursuit that was allegedly endangering other motorists, Sheriff’s Deputy Rochalle Rooks rammed his patrol car into North’s vehicle at Tabernash. After both men exited their vehicles, a confrontation ensued that resulted in Rooks shooting North four times.
North’s wounds include one to the neck where the bullet reportedly broke two vertebrae and severed his spinal cord. A second bullet punctured his abdomen and exited his back. The third and fourth bullets hit him in the hip and the small finger of one of his hands.
Deputy Rooks was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident but has since returned to duty in early November performing administrative tasks pending the results of the investigation.