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Law Enforcement Incident In Rocky Mountain National Park

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Date: December 8, 2021
Contact: Kyle Patterson, Public Affairs Officer
Contact: Park Information Office, (970) 586-1206

On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, at approximately 10:15 a.m. MT, a National Park Service law enforcement ranger was involved in a shooting with two suspects near the Fall River Entrance within Rocky Mountain National Park. The two suspects were reported to be involved in a vehicular pursuit earlier that morning outside park boundaries. During contact with the suspects, the law enforcement ranger was shot, but was protected by their ballistic vest and did not suffer serious injuries. The law enforcement ranger discharged their firearm, and one suspect was injured. Both the law enforcement ranger and injured suspect were transported to a local hospital for medical care. A second uninjured suspect is in custody.

Rocky Mountain National Park remains closed from outside the Fall River Entrance (US Highway 34) to Deer Ridge Junction for the ongoing investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is assuming the lead role in the investigation.

Last updated: December 8, 2021

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