Dunn Man Arrested For Fatally Shooting Colorado Convenience Store Owner

Arrested Following High Speed Chase In Indiana

A crumpled 2015 Nissan Pathfinder is seen on the bed of a tow truck after a wreck ended a chase with troopers in Indiana Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO / INDIANA STATE POLICE

By Emily Weaver
Dunn Daily Record

A Dunn man is charged with murder in the shooting death of a convenience store owner in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, a little before 8 p.m. Thursday.

Shawnathan Deangelo Chance, 26, was arrested in Posey County, Indiana, about 1,000 miles away from the murder, more than 14 hours later. State police say Chance was taken into custody after a high-speed chase with the victim’s car. The chase ended in a crash and a break in the Colorado murder case.

Wheat Ridge police were called to the Valero gas station at 12300 W. 44th Ave., west of Denver, around 8 p.m. Officers found 53-year-old Vesharaj Lamichhane dead from an apparent gunshot wound inside his store. Surveillance footage revealed the killer attacked Lamichhane and then shot and killed him, fleeing the scene in Lamichanne’s car, according to a report from CBS Colorado.

Troopers in Posey County, Indiana, say they spotted the car speeding through their jurisdiction at 10:23 a.m. on Friday.

Trooper Zack Fulton clocked the gray 2015 Nissan Pathfinder at 86 mph as it traveled east on Interstate 64. He attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to travel east at a high rate of speed before exiting the interstate, according to a release from Indiana State Police.

The driver reached speeds in excess of 90 mph before losing control, leaving the roadway, rolling several times and coming to a final rest in an open field, the release states.

Chance was taken into custody at the scene of the wreck. 

“A vehicle registration inquiry on the Nissan revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen from Wheat Ridge, CO, and may have been involved in a homicide on Thursday, January 5,” Indiana State Police reported in the release. 

Chance awaits extradition on the murder charge as he sits in a Posey County jail under no bond. In Indiana, he faces counts of resisting law enforcement, possessing a stolen vehicle and reckless driving from the chase.

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