Suspect who shot 2 officers gunned down during manhunt in Jefferson Co.


by Staff

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Updated Friday, Oct 11 at 4:50 PM

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( – Police say a man who shot two Jefferson County deputies is dead after being gunned down by an officer in Cedar Hill early Friday morning.

According to authorities, a deputy was searching for 40-year-old Shawn Nims at a current or former girlfriend's home in the 6300 block of Cedar Dr. when he saw him jump out of a front window.

Deputies said the officer ordered Nims to drop a military-style assault rifle he was holding but he refused. That’s when the officer opened fire. Nims was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman whose home he was at was taken into custody, though authorities did not say how she was involved.

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Nims’ death came hours after two Jefferson County deputies responded to a home in the 7400 block of Twin Ridge Rd. after a 911 hang-up call.

Upon their arrival they saw people acting suspicious and Nims running from the home. They then noticed a back window was open as if someone had jumped out.

They left the scene but returned around 2 a.m. to search for Nims, who was wanted on a felony warrant.

Deputies said the officers went inside the home and were walking down the steps into the basement when they were ambushed by Nims, who fired shots at the deputies. The officers returned fire.

One of the officers, 22-year-old Nina Osia, was shot in calf and suffered a broken leg. The other officer, 43-year-old Michael Toombs, was struck in the arm and shoulder. Both were transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital where they were treated and released.

The officer who shot Nims will be placed on administrative duty pending an internal investigation, said Arnhart, who declined to release the deputy's name.

Online court records show that Nims, who listed home addresses in both Cedar Hill and Catawissa, was sentenced to three years in state prison in September 2005 after violating his probation from an earlier conviction of methamphetamine possession.

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