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Officer justified in shooting of woman at Econo Lodge

The Firestone officer was justified in shooting at the woman after she fired at officers, the Weld County DA announced.
Credit: Weld County Sheriff's Office
Sarah Jesser

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A Firestone Police officer was justified in his or her use of deadly force when he or she shot at and wounded a woman at an Econo Lodge in Weld County last month, according to the Weld County District Attorney's Office.

On Tuesday, District Attorney Michael Rourke issued a report to Firestone Police Chief David Montgomery, in regard to the officer-involved shooting at an Econo Lodge in Weld County on Feb. 13.

Just before 5 p.m. on that day a deputy with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) was on patrol near the Econo Lodge at 10811 W. Interstate 25 when he or she spotted a license plate associated with Sarah Jesser who was wanted on a felony warrant, according to the 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team. 

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The deputy requested assistance, and two officers with the Firestone Police department responded. The WCSO deputy and Firestone officers contacted Jesser in a hotel room. 

During the contact, shots were fired, and Jesser was injured. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  No officers were injured.

Jesser, 41, has been formally charged with one count of Criminal Attempt to Commit Murder in the First Degree, a class two felony. 

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The Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) conducted the investigation which was provided to the District Attorney’s Office. Based on that investigation, DA Rourke determined the officer is justified for firing at Jesser, after she fired at officers who were attempting to make contact with her inside her hotel room. 

The DA did not say which officer fired his or her weapon and said no other information could be released due to pending litigation in Jesser’s case. 

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