Police search for suspect accused of shooting off-duty firefighter who was protecting a homeless man

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PUEBLO, CO – An off-duty firefighter who assisted a homeless man that was being harassed by a group of people on the street was shot, and now the Pueblo Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating the shooter. 

According to reports, on Sunday, June 6th, police responded to a call around 12:25 a.m. in the 100 block of North Main Street. When police arrived, they discovered a man had been shot in the leg.

During the course of their investigation, police learned that the victim of the shooting was an off-duty Pueblo firefighter who was with a group of other off-duty firefighters.

Police said the victim witnessed at least one person harassing a homeless man who was experiencing a mental health issue. The victim helped the homeless man and the person who was harassing the homeless man left the area, Fox 31 reported.

Pueblo police said that a short time later, one of the suspects who was harassing the homeless man returned to the scene and fired several rounds at the firefighter from a car that was parked outside of a nearby establishment. 

The firefighter was taken to the hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries, according to Pueblo police.

Detectives with the Pueblo Police Department first identified 41-year-old Esteban Gallegos, as the suspect.   

Police said an arrest warrant was issued for Gallegos for one count of first degree assault and eight counts of attempted first degree murder. However, after new information was discovered, police were able to rule Gallegos out as the shooter. The arrest warrant that had been obtained was cleared and the Pueblo Police Department no longer viewed Gallegos as a suspect. 

Fox 31 reported that detectives have recovered the vehicle involved in this incident and are asking the community for help in locating the owner, 41-year-old Tonya Albach-Ortega. Albach-Ortega is described as a White female, 5’01”, 178lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the whereabouts of Albach-Ortega. Anyone with any information is urged to call Detective Ryan Torres at 719-320-6037.

To remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-7867 or www.pueblocrimestoppers.com.

Another manhunt is underway for a suspect that shot a police officer in Colorado. 

In that incident, an officer made a traffic stop with two motorcycles around 8 p.m. Friday night in the parking lot of an Autozone store on N. Nevada Avenue. When the officer approached the riders, Sedillo shot at the officer before fleeing on the motorcycle.

Law Enforcement Today reported that an arrest warrant has been issued for 25-year-old Jacob Aaron Sedillo of Colorado Springs. He is charged by detectives with attempted first-degree murder.

Sedillo is described as a white Hispanic male, 5’11” tall, about 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen driving a motorcycle away from the scene of the shooting.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – A manhunt is underway for the motorcyclist who shot an officer in Colorado Springs on Friday night.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 25-year-old Jacob Aaron Sedillo of Colorado Springs. He is charged by detectives with attempted first-degree murder.

Sedillo is described as a white Hispanic male, 5’11” tall, about 165 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. He was last seen driving a motorcycle away from the scene of the shooting.

Sedillo is considered armed and dangerous.

Details are sketchy at this time, but police have released the following information regarding the shooting.

An officer made a traffic stop with two motorcycles around 8 p.m. Friday night in the parking lot of an Autozone store on N. Nevada Avenue. When the officer approached the riders, Sedillo shot at the officer before fleeing on the motorcycle.

The second rider did not flee and remained with the officer.

The injured officer was not able to return fire. He was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition. Reports indicate the officer was treated for a gunshot wound to the arm.

The officer has not been identified.

Reaction to the shooting on Twitter has garnered a number of messages of support for the officer and the department.

One user tweeted:

“Ok peeps get him. Make him wish he never shot that cop. I hope the officer is doing well.”

Another user said he had seen enough violence against police:

“Help find this punk! It is not okay to attack our Police Officers.  Enough. COLORADO SPRINGS, we are better than this.”

The Colorado Police Department issued a statement saying that their homicide detectives have assumed the investigation, and asked the public for help:

“On Friday, June 6, 2021, at approximately 8 p.m., an officer with the Colorado Springs Police Department contacted two suspicious motorcycles in the parking lot of 3010 North Nevada Avenue. During the contact, one of the motorcycle riders fired a weapon at the officer, striking him at least one time.

The suspect then fled the scene, while the other motorcycle rider remained. The officer was not able to return fire and was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.

 “Detectives from CSPD’s Homicide/Assault Unit responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation. This is being investigated as an attempted homicide of a police officer.

As the officer did not discharge his weapon, this will not be investigated by a deadly force investigation team (DFIT) but will be handled by CSPD

“Updates will be released in the future as appropriate. This is still an active and ongoing investigation.”

Anyone with more information is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000. You can remain anonymous by calling the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.

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