Incident with officer-involved shooting under investigation


By Randi Pierce | Staff Writer

Multiple agencies are investigating a Wednesday incident that included an officer-involved shooting.

According to a press release from the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), at approximately 1:50 a.m. on Jan. 4, two ACSO deputies responded to a call for service in Aspen Springs Unit 6 “involving a disturbance between two male subjects.”

According to the press release, “During the incident, one of the male subjects deployed a firearm and attempted to discharge the firearm at an ACSO Deputy. The second Deputy discharged their duty weapon at the male subject, neutralizing the immediate threat.”

It further notes that deputies “provided lifesaving support immediately after the incident until medics arrived.

“The incident was non-fatal, and the suspect was transported to hospital for treatment,” it notes.

According to the press release, the ACSO’s Officer-Involved Shootings and Death Policy was invoked “to ensure that the incident is investigated in a thorough, fair and impartial manner” and the “6th Judicial District Critical Incident Team was activated immediately to conduct an independent criminal investigation of the incident.”

The ACSO will also be conducting an administrative investigation of the incident, the press release indicates, and both deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation “per protocol and Sheriff’s Office Policy and Operating Procedure.”

The press release notes that the incident remains under investigation.