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Trooper wounded in I-70 shootout in critical condition; suspect shot dead ID'd as convicted killer
Denver Channel ^ | May 8, 2014 | John Ferrugia

Posted on 05/08/2014 6:00:02 PM PDT by george76

DOTSERO, Colo. - A state trooper was rushed to the hospital after he was shot while helping a driver who was stopped on the side of Interstate 70 near Dotsero.

The Colorado State Patrol identified the trooper as Eugene Hofacker, a 6-year veteran, who is listed in critical but stable condition at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs. Hofacker is assigned to the Vail Troop Office.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said the trooper was shot as he approached the driver-side window of the suspect's car. A second trooper returned fire and killed the suspect.

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the dead man is Thomas Ornelas, 41, who has a long criminal history that dates back to a murder he committed as a teenager. His history also includes several parole violations, repeated violations of a protection order, resisting arrest and attempted murder.

Ornelas has six other aliases listed on his record with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. One of the aliases includes the first name, "Sick."

He was awaiting trial on attempted murder and other charges in Mesa County in September.

Ornelas' criminal record begins in 1991, when he was still 17. The CBI record shows the teenager was convicted as an adult of homicide and sent to the Territorial Correctional Facility in Canon City.

(Excerpt) Read more at thedenverchannel.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Mexico; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: attemptedmurder; convictedkiller; criminal; homicide; killer; murder; murderer
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1 posted on 05/08/2014 6:00:02 PM PDT by george76
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Thomas Ornelas, 41, who has a long criminal history that dates back to a murder he committed as a teenager.

Well, he'll kill no one again! Prayers for the trooper.

2 posted on 05/08/2014 6:06:28 PM PDT by Road Warrior 04 (Molon Labe! (Oathkeeper))
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To: george76

That’s why the death penalty is so effective .... there are no repeat offenders .... should have fried him at 17 yrs old.


3 posted on 05/08/2014 6:07:49 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Progressives (communists) lie because their expectations and promises never match reality.)
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To: george76

Maybe the many cop haters here at FR will chime in with “is the dog OK?” or “what,did the donut shop refuse his credit card?” or “couldn’t he have picked on someone his own size?”


4 posted on 05/08/2014 6:08:45 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: Bushbacker1

Catch and release does not work for future victims ; repeat felons like liberal judges / laws and weak parole boards.


5 posted on 05/08/2014 6:08:59 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Who was the liberal who set him free?


6 posted on 05/08/2014 6:09:52 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: george76
He was awaiting trial on attempted murder and other charges in Mesa County in September.

...and out on bail???

7 posted on 05/08/2014 6:26:31 PM PDT by null and void ( They don't think think they are above the law. They think they are the law.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I HATE dogs and donuts! LIGhten up Francis photo: Lighten up, Francis francis.jpg
8 posted on 05/08/2014 6:27:45 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Maybe the many cop haters here at FR will chime in with “is the dog OK?”

I think a lot of Freepers, including myself, were once staunch defenders of the police. But that was some time ago when police behaved considerably better. If you don't think that many police are currently acting in a more belligerent and militaristic fashion, then you are not paying attention. Freepers don't 'hate' police. They hate jackbboots and power trip gestapo techniques that are increasingly being employed.

9 posted on 05/08/2014 6:27:58 PM PDT by Right Brother
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To: RetiredTexasVet

yup.

if we executed every murderous felon quicky like in old times, i’d be more for letting those that did their entire sentences have gun rights back.


10 posted on 05/08/2014 6:28:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Right Brother; Gay State Conservative
I think a lot of Freepers, including myself, were once staunch defenders of the police. But that was some time ago when police behaved considerably better. If you don't think that many police are currently acting in a more belligerent and militaristic fashion, then you are not paying attention. Freepers don't 'hate' police. They hate jackbboots and power trip gestapo techniques that are increasingly being employed.

I agree. I thought about making a very similar response to GSC but then thought, "Why bother? People like him/her, are going to believe what they want - just like a progressive."

11 posted on 05/08/2014 6:32:23 PM PDT by raybbr (Obamacare needs a death panel.)
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but i bet the judge feels good about itself for being so fair/nonjudgmental by letting this POS back on the street...
12 posted on 05/08/2014 6:32:45 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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I hope the trooper makes a full recovery. I wonder if that is the same hospital that “Doc Holiday” went to?


13 posted on 05/08/2014 6:33:46 PM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: Right Brother; Gay State Conservative

GSC, I’m interested in your response to what Right Brother said, as his views mirror my own.


14 posted on 05/08/2014 6:33:49 PM PDT by Balding_Eagle (Want to keep your doctor? Remove your Democrat Senator.)
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To: Parley Baer

All the more reason for the death penalty.


15 posted on 05/08/2014 6:35:31 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: george76
One of the aliases includes the first name, "Sick."

Here's a new one, "Dead."

16 posted on 05/08/2014 6:42:14 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Yea, no repeat offenders, and this Trooper would still be alive.

Way to go liberals!


17 posted on 05/08/2014 6:42:15 PM PDT by ForYourChildren (Christian Education [ RomanRoadsMedia.com - a classical Christian approach to homeschool])
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To: Gay State Conservative

No Kidding! I’ve come across a few of them myself recently....quite a diversity of opinion here!


18 posted on 05/08/2014 6:43:12 PM PDT by NYAmerican
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To: Right Brother

Great reply. I wish I could say it that well. Where I live in N.J. Barney barely needs a bullet but all seven cops of which 3 are part time have all the bells & whistles. And our citizens are still better armed than the cops are.


19 posted on 05/08/2014 6:49:30 PM PDT by certrtwngnut (')
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To: Gay State Conservative

I concur with what Right Brother wrote on post #9. The police today are not the LEOs that I grew up with and once admired. They are becoming increasingly militarized and their ranks are polluted with men (it’s usually men) with out-sized egos and the desire to control—rather than protect—the citizenry.

You can like them if you wish. I don’t.


20 posted on 05/08/2014 6:51:09 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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