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Glenwood cop shot, sheriff investigating

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Authorities were still searching Monday for two suspects in the shooting of a police officer just south of the Glenwood Springs Airport late Sunday night.The bullet was stopped by a bulletproof vest, and the officer was not seriously injured. The officer’s name hasn’t been released.Garfield County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 for anyone with information leading to an arrest or prosecution of suspects involved. Anyone with information can call 945-0101 and remain anonymous.According to police, a Glenwood Springs police officer was doing a visual check of a storage area just south of the airport. He observed someone jump down off of a fence and then noticed two males walking away from him. He gave several verbal requests for the men to stop. One of the men turned and fired multiple shots, hitting the officer once in the chest from around 10 to 20 feet away. The officer returned multiple gunshots as the two men fled south, but was unsure if either man was hit, Police Chief Terry Wilson said.The investigation shifted on Monday from search tactics more toward investigation.Around 9:45 a.m., law enforcement agents from several departments headed indoors to a debriefing with the Garfield County All-Hazards Response Team. At a temporary command center at Sopris Elementary School, Wilson said he anticipated scaling back search efforts and focusing more on investigation.Several methods were utilized in the dark Sunday night and Monday morning, including search via helicopter, heat detecting devices and foot and vehicle patrols, according to Wilson. No suspects had been located.Wilson said the incident occurred near a police impound lot, where there has been a long history of break-ins. Investigation will be run by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office from this point forward. The incident happened right at the city limits. Glenwood’s police department also wants an outside agency heading the investigation since it involves shots exchanged with one of its own officers. Wilson said the sheriff’s office can bring a fresher set of eyes to what could be an emotional case for Glenwood Springs Police officers.”We’re just very fortunate that the officer wasn’t injured,” he said, adding that it’s standard procedure for his officers to wear bulletproof vests.Law enforcement from Carbondale, Rifle, Garfield County and Colorado State Patrol also joined the Glenwood Springs Police at the scene.