Posted: Oct 18, 2010 8:38 PM by Jeannette Hynes
Updated: Oct 19, 2010 2:35 AM
An Oklahoma man is not currently facing charges for threatening to kill Colorado Springs Police officers. It's a bizarre turn of events that has put John Patrick Winkler, 43, in the El Paso County Jail on drug charges.
On the afternoon of October 12, a 20-year-old man named John Reed Winkler managed to unbuckle his seat belt, open the door of an unmarked police car, and roll onto I-25. Winkler was hit by oncoming traffic and died from his injuries a day later.
The younger Winkler was wanted for theft charges, accused of stealing DVDs and video games from the Monument Walmart. Court records also show police detectives found drugs (Methadone Hydrochloride and Alprazolam) in his possession in June of this year.
Thursday, Colorado Springs police officers arrested his father, John P. Winkler, after officers learned he was going to "kill the cops that threw his son out of the car," according to court records.
"We aren't commonly threatened to where someone specifically targets you and says, 'I'm going to kill you,' and then lays out a plan for how they're going to carry out that threat," explains Sergeant Steve Noblitt, spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department.
The Affidavit of Probable Cause for John P. Winkler states, because of the information police received from Winkler's parole officer in Oklahoma, police in the Colorado Springs-area were on heightened alert, and undercover officers tracked the elder Winkler until they could arrest him for his outstanding felony warrant from Oklahoma.
He'd been convicted for assaults with deadly/dangerous weapons so police say they wanted to make sure they made a clean arrest.
"To be able to target him once he's away from his car and not expecting police contact is really what we were looking for," says Noblitt.
Detectives found drugs and meth-making materials in his truck, but no gun. The elder Winkler is facing drug charges, and because of the threats he admitted to making against officers, his bond is $100,000 instead of $10,000.
Read the probable cause affidavits here.
Read the related court document to this case here.