James Damon Dead, Georgie Hand in Custody After Alleged Hostage Taking
James Damon and Georgie Hand in photos shared by the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office. Additional images and a video below.
Chaffee County Sheriff's Office
James Damon and Georgie Hand were reportedly partners in crime.
However, they haven't suffered the same fate.
Damon was killed in an officer-involved shooting after he and Hand allegedly took a deputy and a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official hostage.
Afterward, Hand was taken into custody — and she's facing charges in Utah, too.
Damon has a long criminal history. We found mug shots documenting him through the years, as witnessed by this photo from Texas....
...and another one from the state, snapped a few years later:
There are fewer mug shots of Hand available online — but here's an image from 2012, along with an excerpt from a GulfLife.com article documenting her arrest, alongside Damon, for multiple theft counts in Mississippi:
More recently, on February 24, KSL.com reports that a $30,000 warrant was issued in Hand's name. The accusations: "five counts of unauthorized use of a financial transaction card, a third-degree felony; one count of burglary; a third-degree felony; and six counts of theft, a class B misdemeanor."
Around that time, both Hand and Damon were being sought in Colorado, too. On February 10, the Chaffee County Sheriff's Office shared the two images at the top of this post along with the following release:
On January 24, 2015 and again on January 31, 2015 several vehicles were reported to have been broken into while parked and unattended in the Old Monarch Pass area on U.S. Highway 50, approximately 18 miles west of Salida, Colorado.
Subsequent investigation revealed that 7 different vehicles had been broken into and had items such as electronics, credit cards and ski equipment stolen from the vehicles.
In response to these reports the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office conducted a sting operation in an attempt to apprehend the individual(s) committing these acts, however this was unsuccessful.
Detectives were able to identify the suspects through surveillance footage after they began to pawn stolen items taken from the vehicles. The suspects were identified as James Brent Damon, dob 12/24/1968 and Georgie Louise Damon, also known as Georgie Louise Hand, dob 01/13/1972. The suspects are believed to be driving a 1998 white Ford Explorer with an unknown plate. Both parties have nationwide extradition warrants out of Mississippi and both have extensive criminal histories.
The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office is in the process of seeking felony arrest warrants for both suspects.
Their run ended on Monday, March 9, about eight miles east of Dinosaur, Colorado, not far from the Utah border.
About 2:18 p.m. on that day, the Craig Daily Press reports, Deputy Brent Shock of the Moffatt County Sheriff's Office and a Colorado Parks and Wildlife official ID'd days later as Nathan Martinez, based in Rangely, were "investigating a suspicious vehicle off the highway" when they encountered Hand and a man who wasn't named in the initial reports.
The couple are said to have taken the officers hostage. A short time later, "a struggle ensued during which the male suspect was shot fatally," according to a release from the 14th Judicial District DA's office.
Hand was subsequently hospitalized, although her condition was said to be unrelated to the incident — meaning, presumably, that she wasn't shot.
Details about who pulled the trigger and why are scarce, although both Deputy Shock and Martinez are now on administrative leave, as is standard procedure in the wake of an officer-involved shooting.
Days later, the dead man was identified as Damon. This news was delayed in order to notify his next of kin.
Meanwhile, Colorado charges against Hand are pending.
Look below to see a brief KSL.com report about the incident.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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