Woman arrested for role in trooper shooting
October 26, 2006
A Debeque woman has been arrested in conjunction with the shooting of Colorado State Trooper Brian Koch on Tuesday night near Silt, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.
Cori Elizabeth Graham, 27, is charged with being an accessory to a crime and tampering with physical evidence, both felonies, as well as obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor. She posted a bond of $8,250 and was released.
According to a report from the Colorado State Patrol, at 6:53 p.m. Wednesday, police conducting a check point at Garfield County Roads 331 and 311 (Dry Hollow Road and Divide Creek Road) were approached by a Ford pickup driven by Graham. When officers asked her for identification, she got out of the truck and ran off. At the same time officers heard the sound of a gunshot from inside the truck.
Officers immediately searched the vehicle and found a white male under a blanket in the back seat with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was later identified as Steven J. Appl, who was suspected of shooting Koch.
Koch suffered a bullet wound to his left arm and underwent surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction. A donation fund for the trooper has been established with Wells Fargo Bank in Grand Junction.
Donations can be made at any Wells Fargo location or may be mailed to Wells Fargo at 2808 North Ave.; Grand Junction, CO 81501. Checks should reference Donation Account No. 7165186623.