LOVELAND, Colo. — A Loveland man who was arrested in the shooting of a Loveland police officer sent unusual messages to family members before turning himself in Tuesday, according to his arrest affidavit.
Cody Powell, 23, called police Tuesday from a Wal-Mart in north Fort Collins to turn himself in.
Police arrested Powell in connection with the shooting of Loveland officer Garret Osilka, 36, who was shot during a routine traffic stop Sunday night at 17th Street and N. Wilson Avenue in Loveland.
Osilka was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
Powell’s arrest affidavit stated that the 23-year-old sent unusual text messages to family members shortly after the incident occurred — police learned of the messages through interviews with relatives of Powell.
In a text to Powell’s step father, Brandon Ralston, he wrote, “Thanks man. I’ve never got the chance to tell you I look up to you like my own dad…I’ve been a lucky guy to have you as family.”
Powell also texted his brother, Shane Liedka, Sunday night.
Both Liedka and Ralston told police the messages were uncharacteristic of Powell.
Police also noted in the affidavit that the blue Jeep Cherokee Powell allegedly drove on the night of the incident, which was later found parked at Aspen Drive and Taft Avenue, was taken without consent from his place of work, Kar Kare shop.
The temporary plates on the jeep were registered to a 2005 Hyundai owned by Tim Bailey, stated the affidavit.
Bailey confirmed to police that he owned the vehicle and said he had left it at the Kar Kare shop. He also told detectives that his friend Samuel Wright had left a blue Jeep Cherokee at the body shop as well, which was later confirmed by Wright.
On Monday, police interviewed Steven Frauenhofer, the owner of Kar Kare.
He gave police consent to search his business, and said that Powell was an employee at the shop.
According to a hand written document from Powell, he had been working at the body shop on Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m.
Ralston confirmed Powell was at work on Sunday.
Upon his arrest, Powell told police he had the shotgun used in the incident in a backpack about ten feet from where he stood at that time.