Affidavit reveals details of deadly shooting behind Water Works Car Wash


COLORADO SPRINGS — The affidavit for the arrest of John Stokes, the man accused of killing Nicholas Anderson, south of downtown Colorado Springs was released Wednesday. 

John Stokes, 56, is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 31-year-old Nicholas Anderson. Anderson was found dead in the alley behind Water Works Car Wash on South Nevada Avenue, Monday. 

>> Read the full affidavit.


According to the affidavit, around 3:40 P.M. officers were dispatched to Water Works Car Wash at 525 South Nevada Avenue about a shooting.

Fatal shooting Monday afternoon near Water Works Car Wash at 525 South Nevada Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found Anderson in the Water Works parking lot with several gunshot wounds; he was pronounced dead at the scene.


Detectives talked to a Water Works employee who witnessed the shooting.

He told detectives he was working outside when he saw a red SUV pull into the lot and that he helped the driver pay. Shortly after, the SUV pulled forward and the witness heard brakes slam and noticed a black Audi near the SUV.

The Water Works employee told detectives he saw Anderson get out of the Audi and approach the driver’s side of the SUV. According to the affidavit, the witness said Anderson began yelling and beating on the car windows.

Anderson was able to open the red SUV door, climbed inside and punched the driver, later identified as John Stokes, according to the witness.

The red SUV next to officers Monday afternoon.

The Water Works employee says he heard a gunshot and, moments later, saw Anderson get out of the SUV. He saw the driver with a gun and watched as Anderson fell to the ground.

The witness told detectives he saw Stokes walk over to where Anderson was lying on the ground and shoot him two or three more times.

Stokes addressed the employee, asking him if he had seen what had happened, referencing Anderson beating his car windows. Stokes fled the scene, but returned moments later and was taken into custody.


Although the investigation is still underway, the affidavit states Stokes told detectives he had “unloaded” on Anderson and referred to himself as the “jury.” Stokes is noted as saying Anderson had “crossed the line” and “paid the price”.


John Stokes is charged with first-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 15.

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