- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - Prosecutors say a state trooper was justified when he shot and killed a man who fired upon and injured a fellow trooper in Glenwood Canyon.

The Post Independent reports (https://bit.ly/1lIofhx ) District Attorney Sherry Caloia determined Trooper Shane Gosnell was acting in self-defense and the defense of others when he shot and killed 40-year-old Thomas Ornelas, of Montrose, on May 8.

Gosnell and fellow trooper Eugene Hofacker were driving together to a training session when they pulled over to help a driver stopped in the canyon. The driver, Ornelas, fired at the troopers and hit Hofacker several times.

Authorities say a search of Ornelas’ vehicle turned up about 4.7 ounces of what is thought to be cocaine. An autopsy showed he had a blood alcohol content of 0.186 percent and trace amounts of cocaine in his system.


Information from: Post Independent, https://www.postindependent.com/

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