Wednesday, November 11, 2015

UPDATE: Police shooting victim is a licensed attorney

Posted By on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 3:35 PM

click to enlarge Dana Bruce Ott is in critical condition from a gunshot wound. - COURTESY EL PASO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
  • Courtesy El Paso County Sheriff's Office
  • Dana Bruce Ott is in critical condition from a gunshot wound.

According to Westword, Dana Ott was a well-known poker pro.

The newspaper reports online that the shooting might have been a terrible mistake, according to Ott's neighbor, John Carraway, who wonders if officers were trying to avoid a repeat of missteps made on Halloween when Noah Harpham killed three people after a witness dialed 911 about the armed man but was told Colorado law allows open carry. The call didn't get elevated to top priority until 10 minutes later when he killed the first victim.

According to Carraway, Westword reports, Ott used an air rifle to scare coyotes from his property in Mountain Shadows subdivision.

We asked the CSPD for response time information and how the call was categorized in the priority system. Police spokeswoman Lt. Catherine Buckley says via email: "Regarding the Lanagan Street investigation and request for records, the investigation is being conducted by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. As it is an open investigation those records are not available for release."

For the record, KRDO was first to report comments from Carraway and the air gun.

———-ORIGINAL POST NOV. 11, 2015, 3:35 PM———————

A man shot by police Tuesday night apparently is an attorney, according to public records.

Dana Bruce Ott, 63, is listed in critical condition at a local hospital not identified by authorities, apparently due to the gunshot wound from police in the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in the Mountain Shadows subdivision.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office issued this statement:
On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5:13 PM, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received a call for service regarding a disturbance at the 5100 block of Lanagan Street in Colorado Springs. Responding officers encountered an armed suspect who was approaching them and shots were fired.

The suspect has been identified as Dana Bruce Ott, DOB: 5/08/52, of Colorado Springs. He is in critical condition at a local hospital. A photo of Ott is attached to this Media Release.

There were two officers involved and their names will be released by the Colorado Springs Police Department later this week. The Colorado Springs Police Department is not equipped with body worn cameras at this time and the investigation has revealed their vehicles were not equipped with dash cameras.

All official updates on this case will be coming ONLY from the Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.
Ott registered to practice law in Colorado in 2012, though he's listed as inactive, and lists a residential address on Lanagan as his business address. He and Wendy Oatis bought the house in 2010.

A lawyer of the same name formerly practiced in Washington, D.C., and was listed as the surviving "companion" of Margaret Mary "Meg" Kelly, 49, in a Washington Post obituary in 2001. The Post reported Kelly was director of regulatory activities in the Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Children's Health Protection, had a distinguished career with the EPA and died at home of breast cancer.


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