Man accused of shooting former Jacksonville police officer turns self in

Cody Powell, 23, facing attempted murder and assault charges

By Crystal Moyer - Traffic/reporter
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Loveland Police Department booking photo of Cody Powell

LOVELAND, Colo. - A Colorado man turned himself in to police facing attempted murder charges in the shooting of a former Jacksonville police officer in n Loveland, Colo., during a traffic stop on Sunday night.

Cody Powell, 23, called the police and surrendered on Tuesday.  He is expected to be arraigned Wedneday on charges of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer and assault in the first degree.

Officer Garret Osilka, 36, (pictured) is still recovering in a Colorado hospital.

Osilka grew up in Jacksonville and worked for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for eight years, including time in the narcotics unit and on the SWAT team.

In July 2012, Osilka and his family moved to Loveland, about 50 miles north of Denver, for a better job opportunity.

Sunday at 7:48 p.m. Osilka made a traffic stop at the intersection of 17th Street and North Wilson Avenue in Loveland. Shortly thereafter, the officer called over his radio that shots were fired.

Officers said Osilka was able to return fire after being shot. He was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. Osilka was last reported in stable condition and was expected to make a complete recovery.

Loveland officers with the aid of several neighboring jurisdictions searched the area for the vehicle and suspect(s). During this time, Loveland Police coordinated a Blue Alert with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Around 1 a.m., Loveland officers found the suspect's vehicle abandoned.

Tuesday afternoon Cody Alan Powell, a Loveland resident, called the Fort Collins Police Department asking to turn himself in. Shortly thereafter, Fort Collins police officers transported Powell to the Loveland Police Department.

Powell was booked into the Larimer County Jail.

"On behalf of Officer Garrett Osilka and his beautiful family, I am very pleased to be at this juncture in the long process of obtaining a true and just disposition in the case," said Loveland Police Chief Luke Hecker. "I am fiercely proud of the tireless effort of the men and women of the Loveland Police Department over the last few days to investigate this case around the clock and uncover meaningful facts."

Officer Osilka is married and the father of three.  He moved to Colorado in 2012 after serving about eight years with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. .

The Loveland Police Department issued a statement Tuesday:

"The members of the Osilka family and the personnel of the Loveland Police Department would like to thank the members of our community who have shown their support for Officer Osilka, his family and friends, and the rest of us at the Loveland Police Department as we work through this event. We are all grateful for the phone calls, letters, flowers, food, thoughts and prayers."

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