911 calls shed light on officer-involved shooting

Reported by: Henry Ramos
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Updated: 6/19/2012 10:59 pm

There may never be an answer as to why 32 year-old Anthony Nichols threatened to shoot outside an elementary school late Monday night when he didn't have a gun.

However, Nichols was eager to get police officers to respond to his threats. What started out as a normal 911 phone call turned out to be something else.

Dispatcher:"911 what's your emergency?"

Nichols: "Yeah this is Anthony Nichols." 

Nichols: "I've got a gun and I'm going to shoot. I'm at Preston Smith Elementary."

Dispatcher: "Why are you going to do that?" Nichols: "Just bring them on."

However, 32-year-old Anthony Nichols didn't stop there.

Dispatcher: "911 what's your emergency?"

Nichols: "What the f*** is taking ya'll so long?

Dispatcher: "Sir, what is going on? What is making you do this?"

Nichols: "Ahh, that really doesn't matter."

It appears Nichols then hung up. That's when the dispatcher called him back.

Nichols: "This is bull****, ya'll are f***** ridiculous. I know ya'll f****** suck. This just takes the cake. I mean this is f******, this is the thesis to my argument. Ya'll are morons."

Dispatcher: "Where do you want to officers to meet you at sir?"

Nichols: "What?"

Dispatcher: "Where do you want to officers to meet you?"

Nichols: "Ya'll can't find me? I gave ya'll a specific elementary school, and you mother******* can't find me. That's ridiculous."

The dispatcher called Nichols a third time.

Nichols: Hello?"

Dispatcher: "Yes sir, this is the police department again."

Just about the time Nichols hung up again, around 10:00 p.m., police arrived at 87th and Dover.

LPD Sgt. Jonathon Stewart said Nichols refused to drop the object he was holding, so police released a K-9 to take him down, which Nichols managed to evade.

"Officers repeatedly asked Mr. Nichols to drop the weapon and get on the ground," he said.

Police said he continued to ignore commands, then started to charge at officers. That's when officer Norris Roberson shot him.

Victoria Vigil watched the entire incident through her window. "After sitting in my room watching T.V. I heard two loud bangs," she said. "He was on the ground and they were trying to resuscitate him. They just kept pumping and pumping, but he wasn't do anything."

Nichols was taken to UMC where he later died.

There was no answer at Nichols' residences.

Nichols does have prior convictions, including assault on a public servant, two DWI's and aggravated assault.

Officer Roberson has been on the police force for five years. He has been put on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure, in an officer-involved shooting. 

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1stSSPZ - 6/19/2012 7:53 PM
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HAH! I have seen some LPD officers try t shoot IDPA pistol matches with us on Saturdays! Believe me, they need all the ammo they can carry!:)

sharober - 6/19/2012 3:20 PM
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Wow! Three shots? Why couldn't they have just shot him once in the arm or leg? I hope no one has an umbrella or Popsicle stick in their hand- they might end up a target for LPD.

1stSSPZ - 6/19/2012 5:36 AM
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Hopefully you guys will follow up on this story and not let it fade away as you usually do anytime thepolice are ivolved.
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