Police scale back search after shooting | AspenTimes.com

Police scale back search after shooting

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
Members of the Garfield County All-Hazards Response Team search the area south of Glenwood Springs by air for two men suspected of shooting a Glenwood Springs police officer late Sunday night. The officer survived the shooting. (Kelley Cox/Post Independent)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Response to a shooting of a police officer was shifting from search tactics toward investigation Monday morning.

Around 9:45 a.m., law enforcement agents from several departments were heading indoors to a debriefing with the Garfield County All-Hazards Response Team. At a temporary outpost at Sopris Elementary School, Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry 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.

A Glenwood Springs officer, whose name hasn’t been released, was shot once in the chest at about 11 p.m. Sunday. A bulletproof vest prevented serious injury. The officer was thought to be doing well.

According to police, the officer gave verbal commands to two males walking near storage lots south of the Glenwood Springs Airport. They continued walking away until one of the men turned and fired multiple shots at the officer from a distance of around 10 to 20 feet, according to Wilson.

The officer returned multiple gunshots, but didn’t know if he hit anyone, Wilson said. The men fled to the south.

Wilson said the incident occurred near a police impound lot, where there has been a long history of break-ins. The investigation will be run by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office from this point forward. The city police department would rather have an outside agency heading the investigation into an incident involving one of its officers to reduce the potential for a conflict of interest, the police chief said.

Wilson wouldn’t release the officer’s name or say whether or not any bullets found indicated what type of handgun was fired.

“We’re just very fortunate that the officer wasn’t injured,” he said, adding that its standard procedure for his officers to wear bulletproof vests.

Officers from Carbondale, Rifle, Garfield County and the Colorado State Patrol all joined Glenwood PD at the scene.

The suspects are described as:

– Latino male, 18-20 years old, very short hair, clean shaven, red hooded sweatshirt, lace-up boots, jeans or dark pants.

– Latino male, 18-20 years old, very short hair, clean shaven, dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt, white sneakers, jeans or dark pants.

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