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'Person of interest' in shooting caught in NM

9:51 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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At 2:30 P.M. Wednesday afternoon, 27-year-old Christoper Fields was taken into custody without incident by the New Mexico State Police near Raton, New Mexico. 

Arapahoe County Deputies received information that Fields was heading to New Mexico.

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were dispatched to the 300 block of Inverness Parkway in reference to a shooting around around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Through the investigation, deputies determined a woman was driving north on the exit ramp from I-25 when she was approached by Fields, her  ex-boyfriend. Deputies say he stepped in front of her car and fired one shot through the windshield.

The woman was shot once, but suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say Fields ripped off his ankle bracelet and left it at the scene. 

Due to law enforcement activity in the Lone Tree area, Lone Tree Elementary,  Eagle Ridge Elementary and the Hope Online and Cloverleaf facilities were placed on lockout status for hours. Lockout means all students are kept inside their building and all outside doors are locked. The lockout was lifted around 10 a.m.

The incident was initially reported to the the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, but further investigation revealed the shooting happened in Arapahoe County. That office is now handling the investigation.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

Fields has a current case for stalking in Douglas County, for which he was ordered to wear a pre-trial release GPS ankle monitor that was left at the scene. He is set to go to trial on that case in March.

A woman filed two restraining orders against Fields, one in Nov. 2011 and later in June 2012. She was granted a permanent protection order in June.

MOM OF SUSPECT SPEAKS OUT

Christopher Fields' mother, Joyce Fields, says her son has been mentally ill for years.

"Christopher has seen councilors his whole life. He is now 27," Joyce Fields said.

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Fields says the system failed her son and no matter how many times she tried getting him help, it just wasn't enough.

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