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District legal professional: ATF agent justified in capturing, injuring suspect in Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – The Fourth Judicial District Office has determined an ATF special agent was authorized to shoot and injure a suspect outside a 7-Eleven during an investigation in April.

Dallas Theiss was injured the shootout that happened April 9th ​​at 7-Eleven on Mount View Lane, which is in the Nevada Avenue and Garden of the Gods Road area. According to the public prosecutor’s office, police officers tried to arrest Theiss with several arrest warrants for non-compliance with the probation requirements.

ATF special agent Robert Gillispie fired three shots when Theiss raced towards him in a car, according to prosecutors. Two of the shots hit the windscreen, one hit the driver’s side window.

When Theiss was arrested, the officers found that he had shot in the right forearm and sustained a superficial injury to the left side of the head.

Prosecutors found that Gillispie was entitled to defend himself and others by shooting Theiss.

The criminal complaint against Theiss is still pending. His next trial is scheduled for July 28th.

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