Medina man guilty of trying to kill officer

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Donald Kalib John Nichols pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree murder in an attack on a Hennepin County Sheriff’s deputy, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Thursday.
 
Nichols, 24, will be sentenced on July 10 for his machete attack on Deputy Brett Bukkila. The county attorney’s office will be seeking 153 months in prison. Nichols pleaded guilty Wednesday, making a Norgaard plea, which is a procedure that allows a defendant to enter a guilty plea because the person is unable to recall facts due to intoxication or amnesia.
 
According to the criminal complaint, Medina police officers responded to a 911 call, on December 4, 2014, from Nichols’ parents who said Nichols was suicidal. The officers observed Nichols in a wooded area nearby. He was wearing body armor and a helmet, and was clutching the handle of a machete knife with both hands. Nichols talked about “suicide by cop.” The officers ordered Nichols to drop the machete and put his hands up, but he refused.
 
Nichols raised the machete over his head and one of the officers shot him with a Taser. Nichols swore at Deputy Bukkila and then, swinging the machete, Nichols ran at Bukkila who blocked the machete with his baton. Nichols continued to strike Bukkila with the machete and another officer shot him.