Today, May 8, 2014 shortly after 9:00 AM, Colorado State Patrol Troopers stopped to assist a motorist on Interstate 70 at milepost 129. During the contact, a trooper was shot. The trooper was transported to Valley View Hospital, in Glenwood Springs,with serious injuries.
Trooper Eugene Hofacker, 6-year veteran of the Colorado State Patrol was hired in January of 2008, and assigned to the Vail Troop Office. Trooper Hofacker is currently in critical, but stable condition.
Colonel Scott Hernandez, Chief of the Colorado State Patrol, addressed the media today stating: “There is nothing routine about traffic contacts, including motorist assists. Our troopers assist motorists every day as part of our patrolling activities. All traffic contacts pose inherent risk to law enforcement on a daily basis.”
Also from Chief Hernandez, “today our troopers acted in a heroic and professional fashion and on behalf of the men and women of Colorado State Patrol we would like to express our appreciation for the outpouring of community support that we have already received. We respectfully request that you keep Trooper Hofacker and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
On the eve of National Police Week, which commemorates our fallen officers across the nation, this is a solemn reminder of the risks our troopers and other law enforcement officers are placed in every single day.