Apr 10, 2012 6:33 PM by Andy Koen
The gunman who shot at officers with an AK-47 assault rifle during a high speed chase along Powers Boulevard Saturday morning told detectives he was trying to shoot out the tires of the police cruiser to get the cops to stop chasing them.
According to the arrest warrant, 20-year-old Michael Peyton admitted that he and Travis Broadway, 20, intended to rob the Radio Shack in the 1800 block South Academy Boulevard of consumer surveillance cameras. Peyton said he had been offered pay him $200 per camera.
The store clerk apparently noticed the men sitting in a white Honda Accord with another man, later identified as the driver 23-year old Parice Daily. The car didn't have license plates and the men were all wearing hoodie sweatshirts, so the clerk called police and left the store.
Officer John Harris arrived about 15 minutes later and saw the Honda leaving the shopping center. He turned on his lights and siren and began following the car. That's when the shooting started.
Other officers joined the chase as the cars made their way north on Powers Boulevard. Officer Eric Price stated that the shooter fired on him near the intersection with Airport Road. He described the shooter as wearing all black clothing, gloves and a mask.
Price eventually completed hit the car and caused it to flip. The three suspects were taken into custody in the area.
Petyon told investigators he had purchased the gun on the streets for $250. Daily told officers that Peyton and Broadway showed up at his home earlier in the morning and told him to drive the car and bring gloves. He didn't know who owned the car and also said there were no keys in the ignition.
Peyton, Broadway and Daily are all being held on $500,000 bond at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. They're expected to make their first appearance in court on Monday.
Peyton has open warrants for the theft a burglary charges out of Arapahoe and Boulder Counties. Daily was arrested in March for car theft and drug possession charges.