Suspect in officer-involved shooting in 'critical, grave condition'

9NEWS @ 9. 9/12/2016

BOULDER COUNTY - The man law enforcement says started a gunfight with a deputy remains hospitalized in grave condition.

Adrian Joseph Shaffer, 37, is accused of shooting at Deputy Teri Javes on Sept. 10 just south of Longmont.

Deputies say that afternoon, Shaffer was seen walking along Highway 287 shirtless and agitated. 911 callers said he was trying to "pick fights" with passing traffic. He was also reported to have a handgun in his waistband. 

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Javes caught up with Shaffer just a few miles from where 911 callers reported seeing him. He reportedly then started shooting at Javes as soon as she got out of her patrol car, shooting out her driver's side window. Luckily, Javes was not injured, but Shaffer was hit twice.

Shaffer was transported to Longmont United Hospital by ambulance and was later airlifted to a Denver hospital for further treatment. 

Investigators were told Monday morning that Shaffer remains in critical, grave condition.

The Boulder County Sheriff's Office said Shaffer has an extensive criminal history and remains under investigation for attempted-first degree murder of Javes as well as other crimes.

Shaffer has not yet been arrested or charged.

Javes is on paid administrative leave during the course of the investigation, which is ongoing and being handled by the multi-jurisdictional Boulder County Investigation Team. 

Copyright 2016 KUSA


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