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Victim's brother speaks out after road rage shooting on I-25 and South Academy

Shooting Investigation
Posted at 12:50 PM, Jun 13, 2024

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The El Paso County Sheriff's Office (EPSO) said deputies arrested a motorcyclist around 5:30 p.m. Thursday after they said he shot a driver near I-25 and South Academy Boulevard earlier in the day.

EPSO said the suspect, who has been identified as 40-year-old Nelson Boyer, shot at the vehicle around 11:30 a.m. Deputies said shortly after the shooting, they got a call from the victim who was near a home on Dairy Lane and Harvard Street in the Widefield area. The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for one gunshot wound.

Eddie Olsen said his 60-year-old brother, Danny, was the shooting victim and is now stable and recovering at home. Olsen said his brother called 911 while driving back to their home after he was shot in the arm.

"He said that he came off I-25 at the Academy exit there and the guy probably had an altercation with his girlfriend, left her on the side of the road," said Olsen.

Olsen said his brother asked the motorcyclist if there was a problem. A few minutes later, Olsen said Boyer shot at his brother.

"My brother went to go around [the suspect] and as he went around, the guy just shot up the right side of his car," said Olsen.

The shooting prompted a six-hour manhunt for the suspect. EPSO said Boyer was taken into custody outside of a home on Chadwick Drive in Stratmoor Valley. Deputies said tactical units used gas inside the home to get him out.

According to EPSO, Boyer has been charged with the following:

  • attempted murder
  • 1st degree assault
  • illegal discharge of a firearm
  • reckless endangerment

This is still an active investigation. If you have any information, you are asked to call EPSO's tip line at (719)520-7777.
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