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Woman who exchanged gunfire with officer at Weld County motel sentenced to 18 years

Sarah Jesser, 44, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree attempted murder, according to the Weld County District Attorney's Office.
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GREELEY, Colo. — A woman who fired shots at law enforcement – and was shot by a Firestone Police officer – at a Weld County motel in 2020 was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison.

Sarah Jesser, 44, pleaded guilty last month to second-degree attempted murder in the incident Feb. 13, 2020, according to the Weld County District Attorney's Office.

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 Jesser, who was wanted on a felony warrant, according to the 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team.

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.

“The evidence spoke for itself,” Anthony Perea, chief deputy district attorney, said in a news release. “The defendant made it clear that she knew law enforcement was at her door. Yet she still made the deliberate decision to pull the trigger and shoot at officers when they entered her room.”

When Jesser fired shots, one of the Firestone officers returned fire and hit her, according to the DA's Office. She was transported to a hospital for treatment. No officers were injured.

The Firestone officer who shot Jesser was found justified in his or her use of deadly force.

Credit: Weld county Sheriff's Office
Sarah Jesser

Janet Oravetz contributed to this report.

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