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September 12, 2016

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Suspect identified in weekend officer-involved shooting

Adrian Joseph Shaffer, 37, engaged Deputy Teri Javes in a gunfight in the 7500 block of N. 107th Street (Highway 287) south of Longmont.

Boulder County, Colo. - The suspect in this past weekend's officer-involved shooting on N. 107th Street (Highway 287) has been identified as Adrian Joseph Shaffer, 37, of Boulder. A photograph of Shaffer from July 2014 is included below.

On Saturday, September 10th, at 5:15 p.m., the Boulder County Communications Center received multiple 911 calls from passing motorists about a shirtless male walking along Highway 287 south of Longmont. The male was described as agitated and he appeared to be trying to "pick fights" with passing traffic. The man was reported to have a handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

Deputy Teri Javes had just cleared the area on an unrelated call when she was contacted by a citizen with similar information. Contemporaneous to that citizen report, Deputy Javes was dispatched to the area of Highway 287 (also known as N. 107th Street), north of Highway 52 (Mineral Road), as a result of the 911 calls. Already in the area, Deputy Javes quickly located the man, who was subsequently identified through the investigation as Shaffer.

Deputy Javes stopped to contact Shaffer on the southbound (west) shoulder of Highway 287, next to a farmhouse in the 7500 block, less than 10 minutes after the first 911 call was received. As Deputy Javes exited her patrol vehicle to contact Shaffer, he produced a handgun and opened fire. The driver's side window of Deputy Javes' patrol car was shot out and she immediately began to return fire. In the ensuing gunfight, Shaffer was shot twice by Deputy Javes; Deputy Javes was uninjured in the exchange.

Deputy Javes' patrol car was hit at least twice by gunfire from Shaffer; the exact number of rounds exchanged in the altercation is still being determined. After the threat presented by Shaffer was stopped, Deputy Javes, along with the other deputies and state troopers who responded to Deputy Javes' call for help, began rendering medical aid to Shaffer and continued to do so until paramedics arrived. Shaffer was transported to Longmont United Hospital by ambulance and was later airlifted to a Denver hospital for further treatment. Investigators were told this morning that Shaffer remains in critical, grave condition.

Shaffer has an extensive criminal history and remains under investigation for attempted first degree murder of a peace officer, and other crimes, for his unprovoked attack on Deputy Javes. Shaffer has not yet been arrested and charged in this incident and maintains the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. The motive behind Shaffer's actions is still unknown.

The investigation is on-going and is being handled by the multi-jurisdictional Boulder County Investigation Team (BCIT) at the request of Sheriff Joe Pelle. The team is comprised of investigators from Boulder County law enforcement agencies and members of the 20th Judicial District Attorney's Office. The team is responsible for all facets of the investigation into the attempted murder of Deputy Javes and the resulting officer-involved shooting. Further updates will be provided through a written media release as soon as it is determined the release of additional information will not complicate or hinder the investigation.

Deputy Javes remains on administrative leave, with pay, during the course of the BCIT investigation, which is customary for any deputy or officer involved in a deadly force encounter.

The case number associated with this investigation is 16-5582.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer