UPDATE: Arrest affidavit reveals cross-town shooting and high-speed chase began as simple night of fun between friends
UPDATE 5:25 p.m. August 8 - GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Further details regarding the shooting on Monday morning have been released. According to arrest documents, the evening began as a simple night of fun for a group of friends.
The night began at around 11 p.m. with a small get-together at 23-year-old Dakota Gray’s apartment. Gray, a high school friend of 24-year-old suspect Clayton McCollum, stated that she had been looking forward to meeting with McCollum as they had not seen each other in several years. 24-year-old Joshua Yeoman, a friend of Gray’s and McCollum’s, was also present.
The affidavit states that McCollum had been previously convicted of multiple felonies, the most recent being assaulting a police officer in 2018, which he was on parole for.
McCollum and his partner, who shall remain anonymous and will be referred to as “A,” arrived at Gray’s Apartment around 11 p.m. Sunday night. After arriving at the apartment, Gray stated in arrest documents that McCollum seemed short with her and everyone else present, despite a receiving a reportedly warm greeting and hug from Yeoman.
According to the affidavit, McCollum and A stayed at Gray’s apartment for about 40 minutes before leaving together after Yeoman invited the two to Northwoods Apartments to go swimming, as one of their friends lived at the complex. Gray declined to join them, and stated that McCollum seemed mad and slammed the door as he left.
In an interview with police, A stated that McCollum was the person driving. When they arrived, Yeoman waved them down to the apartment from the sidewalk.
According to the affidavit, McCollum allegedly got out of the vehicle and pulled a gun on Yeoman as soon as they arrived. Witnesses stated that McCollum was extremely agitated.
McCollum then shot Yeoman in the thigh, according to the affidavit.
Arrest documents state that A then ran to their car and tried to leave. As A was driving away, McCollum fired multiple shots at the car, four of which struck the chassis of the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, as A was escaping, a nearby neighbor called 911 to report a commotion and several gunshots outside of her building. The neighbor also reported hearing multiple people enter and exit the building and overheard several saying that Yeoman had been shot.
Two nearby police, Cpl. Nelson and Deputy Mosher, stated that they heard the first two volleys of multiple shots to their north at approximately 2:56 a.m.
The affidavit states that after narrowly escaping McCollum, A called 911 at 3:18 a.m. in a hysterical state. A stated that the two had been dating for approximately two weeks and that the handgun was stolen. “He tried to kill me. It’s like he had it planned,” A told police.
Documents state that after allegedly shooting Yeoman, McCollum was spotted roughly .8 miles away at Crocus Street and Applewood Street, allegedly running on foot through the neighborhood and firing a handgun. Police stated that they spotted a red Dodge Ram was spotted fleeing the area at speeds of around 70 to 80 mph.
Attempts by authorities to stop the truck failed as McCollum reportedly led police on a 90+ mph chase down the wrong side of divided highways, through the Colorado Mesa University campus, down Main Street, and through grocery store parking lots, according to arrest documents.
The affidavit states that after arriving at the Warrior Way Walmart, McCollum reportedly abandoned the truck while it was still moving and fled on foot toward the Walmart entrance. The truck kept rolling and collided with a parked vehicle.
McCollum then reportedly entered the closed Walmart, chased by Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Pratt. Pratt chased McCollum down and tasered him, according to the arrest affidavit. McCollum continued to struggle and swear at the deputies present before being tasered again and handcuffed by Sgt. Steele, stated arrest documents.
McCollum reportedly continued struggling and had to be carried and dragged to the patrol car. While Mosher was getting McCollum into the patrol car, McCollum reportedly spat at Mosher’s face, hitting him in the left temple, eye, and in his mouth, stated the affidavit.
The affidavit states that Yeoman survived due to the actions of his friends, who used a belt as a tourniquet and drove him to the hospital for treatment.
McCollum has been charged with domestic violence, two counts of attempted first degree murder, first degree assault with a deadly weapon, second degree assault of a police officer, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, two counts of menacing with a deadly weapon, two counts of illegal discharge of a firearm, three counts of prohibited use of a weapon, vehicular eluding, second degree burglary, three counts of reckless endangerment, reckless driving, obstructing a peace officer, and resisting arrest.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - Grand Junction residents were awakened at 3 a.m. Monday morning by the sound of gunshots in the 2500 block of North 12th Street. When police arrived, one man was already on his way to the hospital with a gunshot wound and the suspect had fled the scene.
Approximately 15 minutes later, the GJPD received yet another 911 call reporting gunfire, this time from the Spring Valley subdivision. When law enforcement arrived, they spotted a vehicle speeding away.
Giving chase, the GJPD pursued the vehicle into the Neighborhood Walmart parking lot at Warrior Way and the I-70 Business Loop. The suspect abandoned the vehicle and attempted to escape on foot, resulting in a foot chase. The suspect was then arrested inside the Walmart a short time later.
Clayton McCollum, a 24-year-old resident of Grand Junction, was arrested and jailed in the Mesa County Detention Facility. McCollum is charged with two counts of attempted first degree murder, two counts of first degree assault, second degree assault on a peace officer, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, two counts of felony menacing, illegal discharge of a firearm, vehicular eluding, domestic violence, second degree burglary, reckless endangerment, and resisting arrest.
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