Man shot by Grand County Sheriff’s deputy is partially paralyzed |

Man shot by Grand County Sheriff’s deputy is partially paralyzed

Will Bublitz
Grand County, Colorado

A fundraiser to help a local shooting victim will take place at Maverick’s restaurant lounge in Granby, Colorado, tonight.

The benefit is for 23-year-old David Christopher North (aka Christopher David Dalgarn) of Granby who was shot during a confrontation with a Grand County Sheriff’s deputy earlier this month.

The fundraising event takes place tonight from 5-9 p.m. at Maverick’s. The public is encouraged to attend.

North remains in “critical but stable condition” at St. Anthony’s Central Hospital in Denver after undergoing five surgeries since he was shot on Oct. 6.

“Dave has four more surgeries to go and then a lengthy rehabilitation at the Craig Hospital in Denver,” said Cody Measom, his brother-in-law. “He’s paralyzed from the chest down.”

Measom said his family would welcome any donations the public would be willing to make.

“We encourage everyone to come out and show their support for David and his mother Dawn North,” Measom said. “Any money raised will go to help pay his medical expenses and help his family. They’d appreciate any kind of support.”

Those unable to attend tonight’s fundraiser can make a contribution to the fund set up for David North at the Grand Mountain Bank.

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 allegedly end the pursuit, the Sheriff’s deputy rammed his patrol car into North’s vehicle at Tabernash. After both men exited their vehicles, a confrontation ensued with the deputy shooting North four times.

North’s wounds include one to the neck where the bullet 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.

The incident is still under investigation by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

“Our investigation is still ongoing,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Oldham. “It will take a while yet to complete.”

Deputy Rochalle Rooks, the officer who shot North during the confrontation, was placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident, which is standard law enforcement procedure following shootings.

He has returned to duty this week and is currently performing administrative tasks at the Sheriff’s Office pending the results of the investigation.

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