Colorado police officer shot twice expected to make full recovery; 2 juveniles arrested
ALAMOSA, Colo. (KKTV) - A shooting involving police was under investigation in a small Colorado town last week.
According to officials with the city of Alamosa, the incident started at about 4:10 p.m. Oct. 27 when someone reported a fight or disturbance in the 1200 block of Denver Avenue.
“Almost immediately when officers arrived, a juvenile suspect produced a handgun and shot an Alamosa police officer,” part of a news release from the city of Alamosa reads. “The officer was shot twice and was taken to the San Luis Valley Health Regional Medical Center and is currently undergoing surgery.”
Officers also located another shooting victim, a man, in the area. The second victim was also rushed to the hospital.
The following day, police provided a brief update to the public. Chief Ken Anderson noted several times they are very early into the investigation and very few details were available. Anderson explained the officer was “in stable condition” and was communicating.
On Monday, Alamosa Police identified the officer who was shot as 25-year-old Mollee Heeney. The public is welcome to provide donations to help with Heeney’s recovery through the Colorado Springs Police Protective Association by clicking here. When filling out the form you have to choose the donation as “designated” and include Officer Heeney’s name.
The Alamosa Police Department says Heeney is expected to make a full recovery. The citizen who was shot was identified as 41-year-old Ricardo Rangel. Rangel was last listed in “stable condition” as of Monday.
Originally, it was announced that one juvenile had been arrested in the case. On Monday, police added two juvenile suspects were in custody. Neither suspect is being publicly identified, it is unclear if either one will be charged as an adult.
“The response to this incident by our law enforcement agencies was tremendous,” District Attorney Anne Kelly said the day after the shooting. “The Alamosa Police Department has worked incredibly hard to make sure that their officer was protected and safe.”
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call 719-589-2548.
Alamosa is located on the south side of the state, southwest of the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
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