Paul Ashe

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Service Record

Agency Loveland Colorado Police Department
Rank Officer
Dates of Service Hired in 2012[1]
Last Known Status Administrative Leave[2]


2021 Department Awards

On February 19, 2021, Ashe received two Life Saving Call awards.[3]

Incident Reports

It is alleged that Ashe had other complaints of excessive force.[1]

2019 Arrest of Preston Sowl

Department Response

On May 7, 2021, Police Chief Robert Ticer wrote an internal memo and determined the witness had not committed a crime and Ashe was not justified in arresting him. Ticer recommended a written warning and more training.[4]

By Octover 8, 2021, Ashe had been placed on unpaid administrative leave by the department.[2]

Legal Action

In 2020, Sowl filed a civil lawsuit against the city and the officers involved.[1]

Sowl's lawsuit claims that Ashe "beat up, arrested, and falsely charged" Sowl, and that these actions were retaliatory, without warrant or probable cause, used excessive force and malicious prosecution, as violations of Sowl's 1st and 4th Amendment rights.[1]

The lawsuit was settled in 2021.[5]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: bad
Individual Rights rating: bad
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
Ratings Definitions


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Complaint and Jury Demand, Sowl's initial complaint, Loveland Government web site, 2020-06-22
  2. 2.0 2.1 Austin Fleskes, Loveland police officer named in Preston Sowl lawsuit put on unpaid leave, Reporter Herald, 2021-10-18
  3. Austin Fleskes, Loveland Police Department hosts annual award ceremony virtually, Loveland Reporter-Herald, 2021-02-19
  4. City of Loveland reaches $290,000 settlement over wrongful arrest lawsuit, '9 News, 2021-07-02
  5. Austin Fleskes, Excessive force lawsuit against Loveland police, city settled for $290,000, Reporter Herald, 2021-01-25