Reward grows for info in shooting of officer
GLENWOOD SPRINGS A Snowmass Village man added $2,000 to the reward for information on suspects in Sunday night’s shooting of a Glenwood Springs police officer.A bullet hit the officer in the chest, but he survived and is doing well after suffering minor injuries thanks to a bulletproof vest. There were no suspects as of Tuesday evening.Garfield County Crime Stoppers had previously offered a $2,000 reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest or prosecution of suspects in the shooting; the Snowmass man’s contribution puts the pot at $4,000, according to Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. Authorities would like to speak with two people seen riding south on South Grand Avenue past Berthod Motors at 11:48 p.m. Sunday in Glenwood Springs, and any other motorists who were in that area around 11:40 p.m. to 11:55 p.m.Anyone with information should call 945-0101, with the understanding that they may remain anonymous.According to police, an officer on patrol spotted a man jumping off a fence near an impound lot and storage units south of the Glenwood Springs airport. He noticed two men walking away and gave several verbal commands for them to stop. One man turned and fired multiple shots from a handgun, hitting the officer once in the chest. The officer returned gunshots as they fled but was unsure if he hit either man. The suspects fled on foot to the south, police said.There was speculation that the men might have been trying to burglarize the impound lot or storage units. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said the impound lot has had a long history of break-ins. On Monday, after several agencies searched with a helicopter, on foot, with vehicles and heat-detecting devices, authorities shifted from search tactics more toward investigation. The sheriff’s office took over the investigation because the crime happened near city limits, and because an outside agency could provide a fresher look at what could be an emotionally charged case – the shooting of an agency’s own officer.Vallario said investigative work was continuing in full force Tuesday.”Right now the direction we’re heading is we’re trying to talk to everybody and anybody that we know and reach out to the Latino community,” he said.There was hope someone might come forward with information. Vallario said there was no way to know whether or not the suspects were still in the area or not or if they posed much of a threat to the community. He said he certainly wouldn’t classify them as random killers.”We are definitely putting the full press on this,” Vallario said. “We have several agencies assisting us. We are not about to allow somebody to shoot a police officer in this community and walk away.”
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