Press Release: Idaho Springs Officer Involved in Use of Force Incident

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3000 Colorado Blvd. Box 907 Idaho Springs, CO 80452
Office 303‐567‐4291 / Fax 303‐567‐1014


On May 30, 2021 at approximately 2243 hours Idaho Springs police officers responded to a disturbance in the
3200 block of Riverside Dr. in Idaho Springs, Colorado. The officers came in to contact with a female who was
allegedly assaulted by a male who lived in a nearby apartment. Officers attempted to contact the male
suspect. The male suspect answered the door to his apartment holding a club‐like object with what appeared
to be teeth along the edges. There was a physical altercation between the officers and the male suspect. The
male was injured during the altercation with officers and was taken to St. Anthony’s hospital for treatment.
After the incident was initially reviewed, Chief Nathan Buseck of the Idaho Springs Police Department
contacted the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and requested an independent criminal investigation of the
incident be conducted regarding the actions of Officer Nicholas Hanning. This decision was based solely on
the internal review process that takes place when any ISPD officer is involved in any use of force incident. The
Idaho Springs Police Department continues to cooperate with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the
District Attorney’s office as the independent criminal investigation concludes. The ISPD internal investigation
into this matter has been completed.

Nicholas Hanning has worked with the Idaho Springs Police Department for the last three years (hired
10/02/2017). Hanning does not have any prior sustained complaints related to the use of force while
employed with ISPD. The second officer involved is Ellie Summers. Officer Summers has been with the Idaho
Springs Police Department for the last two years (hired 06/24/2019) and has no prior sustained complaints
related to the use of force with ISPD. The City of Idaho Springs is currently in the process of evaluating
Nicholas Hanning’s employment with ISPD. At this time, the City will not release further information until the
personnel process for Hanning is concluded. The City projects this process will conclude in approximately one
week. Officer Summers has received internal disciplinary action per departmental policy regarding a policy
violation and remains employed with ISPD.

The Idaho Springs Police Department has been in contact with the Colorado Peace Officer Standards and
Training commission regarding the results of the ISPD internal investigation and will provide the necessary
documentation for their review.

The bodycam footage related to this incident was provided to the District Attorney’s Office for the 5th Judicial

“We would like to extend our thoughts to the person directly involved in this incident, along with the family
members that were impacted,” said Idaho Springs Police Chief Nathan Buseck.

“The Idaho Springs Police Department is a proud organization that holds itself accountable and holds all
employees accountable for their actions. Our agency took decisive action to address this incident which
included a thorough internal investigation along with immediately requesting an outside agency perform a
criminal investigation. This isolated incident is not reflective of the great work being done by the men and
women of our agency who continue to work diligently alongside our citizens to prevent crime and protect our

A copy of the District Attorney Press Release can be obtained by clicking the link below.

Idaho Springs Police Press Release PDF

District Attorney Press Release PDF