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Dec 26, 2012 8:56 PM by Siera Santos, ssantos@koaa.com

UPDATE: Suspect killed by police pleaded guilty to child abuse

The man shot and killed by police officers last Friday at a 7-Eleven in Widefield has been identified as 21-year-old Nicholas Titus.

Originally from Indiana, Titus was working construction in Colorado. He was on probation and had a warrant out for his arrest when he led police on last Friday's fatal car chase.

Titus was wanted for felony escape charges originally stemming from a May car theft. When Colorado Springs Police Department questioned him about the theft, he tried to flee on foot but tripped and fell. In police custody, he was taken to the hospital after admitting he had used meth.

In 2011, he had another run-in when police arrested him on child abuse charges to which he pleaded guilty. According to the police report, Titus had a violent fight with his wife while her 12-year-old son played video games in the next room. She says she left the apartment with her son, but Titus followed her to the outside porch where the argument continued. He pushed her to the ground while she was holding her son's hand. Though he did not physically touch the boy, the force from the flinging motion broke her son's clavicle.

Titus' estranged wife was in the process of divorcing him at the time of his death and had restraining orders against him.

 

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