Deputies exchange fire with Monte Vista suspect- UPDATE

Officers were still on the scene of a shooting Wednesday morning in the 1200 block of Third Street. Justin Trujillo, 28, of Monte Vista allegedly fired at Alamosa County deputies after a brief pursuit that started in the nearby Safeway parking lot. Courier photo by Debra Sowards-Cerny

Justin Trujillo faces several felony charges

ALAMOSA– A 28-year-old Monte Vista man was hospitalized early Wednesday morning after an exchange of gunfire with local law enforcement.

Justin Claude Trujillo sustained incapacitating injuries after allegedly firing at deputies with the Alamosa County Sheriff’s Department (ACSO). Officers returned fire injuring the suspect who was later flown out to a Colorado Springs hospital in serious but stable condition, according to a press release from Sheriff Robert Jackson. None of the three deputies involved were injured.

According to a Wednesday afternoon press release from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Trujillo’s injuries are “non-life threatening” and he was in stable condition as of their report.

Just after midnight Wednesday, deputies attempted to contact a red Ford Explorer in the Alamosa Safeway parking lot due to reckless driving. When the deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over by initiating overhead emergency lights and siren the vehicle failed to pull over and attempted to flee, driving over a grassy media into a residential area, according to the CBI update.

After a brief pursuit, the driver stopped within the 1200 block of Third Street, exited the vehicle, and attempted to flee on foot while brandishing a firearm and firing at least one shot at pursuing deputies, who returned fire. The CBI report said Trujillo was struck two times, once in the abdomen and once in the leg.

Alamosa deputies provided medical intervention and then took him into custody.

All ACSO deputies involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation.

According to CBI, Trujillo will face the following charges: criminal attempt, murder in the first degree of a peace officer (Felony 2), assault in the first degree (F3), vehicular eluding (F5), menacing (F5), and possession of a weapon by a previous offender (F5).

Sheriff Jackson said this was an isolated incident and there is no risk to the community.