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Suspects in cop shooting released

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Neither man arrested in connection with the July 29 shooting of a Glenwood Springs police officer will face charges at this time. Instead, they will be released, according to District Attorney Martin Beeson.

Beeson has decided not to file charges against Sergio Esteban Ramirez, one of two men arrested after the shooting.

Beeson said that Mauricio Villa Garcia Pena, a second suspect in the officer shooting case, will also be released. He was to appear in court on Aug. 29 for the formal filing of charges.

“It signifies no failure whatsoever,” Beeson said after a court hearing Wednesday at which formal charges against Esteban Ramirez were to be filed.

Beeson and Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said it was a strategic decision ” made to buy more time in the investigation rather than work within the time constraints of the court. They would not comment on whether or not charges would be filed against either man in the future, but said the investigation will come to fruition.

“You have the sheriff and investigators crowing about how everything came together and they were just terribly wrong, and the sad thing is that the real shooters will probably never be discovered now,” said Ted Hess, attorney for Ramirez.

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