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Ballistic vest protected park ranger from serious injuries in shooting

The ranger was shot when they exchanged gunfire with suspects involved an earlier pursuit, according to the National Park Service.

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A National Park Service (NPS) law enforcement ranger was shot during a confrontation with two suspects who were reported to be involved in an earlier pursuit outside the park, according to a spokesperson for Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP).

The ranger was protected by a ballistic vest and did not suffer serious injuries, according to the NPS.

Shots were fired near the Fall River entrance to the park around 10:20 a.m. Wednesday. The ranger discharged his or her firearm, and one of the two suspects was injured, according to the park service.

Both the ranger and injured suspect were taken to the hospital for medical care. The uninjured suspect was taken into custody.

There is no word about the injured suspect's condition, and no details were provided about what led up to the gunfire.

>> Video below: Police on scene after Park Ranger was shot

RMNP reopened the Fall River Entrance (US Highway 34) to Deer Ridge Junction Wednesday night. The FBI is assuming the lead role in the investigation.


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