Arrest affidavit: CSPD officer facing charges for firing at home invasion suspect

Posted at 10:29 PM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 00:29:55-04

Documents obtained by News 5 reveal new details about what led up to an officer-involved shooting near the Colorado Springs Airport that resulted in the indictment of an officer.

It all started when home invasion suspect David Adkins crashed what police say was a stolen vehicle into a fence near the airport maintenance yard near the intersection of Milton E. Proby Parkway and South Powers Blvd on April 13.

Arrest documents say Adkins ran into the maintenance yard, tried to steal a snowplow at gunpoint. However, it didn’t have any keys. That’s when police said he ran to a pickup truck where he hid. 

That’s when Colorado Springs Police Officer Gerald Bellow Jr. arrived to the area and fired several shots at Adkins. Adkins was not shot and he ran away, but was ultimately arrested.

(Gerald Bellow Jr.)

A grand jury indicted Bellow Jr. Wednesday, saying the officer "knowingly engaged in conduct toward the commission of an assault" and that his actions were unlawful by firing his gun at the suspect.

Bellow Jr. is now on paid administrative leave.

Adkins and another man are suspected of entering a home on N. Weber Street earlier that night. They are accused of pistol whipping a man inside the home and stealing the car that eventually crashed into the fence.

Adkins now faces 10 felony charges, including aggravated robbery, assault, menacing, careless driving and a weapons violation.