Suspect sought after 2 officers shot during 'ambush' in Jefferson County


by Stephanie Baumer and Brendan Marks / Staff

Posted on October 11, 2013 at 8:09 AM

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( – Police are searching for a suspect after two officers were shot in Cedar Hill early Friday morning.

Authorities said 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 40-year-old Shawn 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.

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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.

It wasn’t known if Nims was struck, but he ran away.

Dozens of officers from multiple agencies responded to the scene and are conducting an organized search effort for Nims.

He was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jean shorts. Police said he is armed and dangerous and should not be approached.