Skip to comments.Trooper wounded in I-70 shootout in critical condition; suspect shot dead ID'd as convicted killer
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.
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.
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Well, he'll kill no one again! Prayers for the trooper.
That’s why the death penalty is so effective .... there are no repeat offenders .... should have fried him at 17 yrs old.
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?”
Catch and release does not work for future victims ; repeat felons like liberal judges / laws and weak parole boards.
Who was the liberal who set him free?
...and out on bail???
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.
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.
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."
I hope the trooper makes a full recovery. I wonder if that is the same hospital that “Doc Holiday” went to?
GSC, I’m interested in your response to what Right Brother said, as his views mirror my own.
All the more reason for the death penalty.
Here's a new one, "Dead."
Yea, no repeat offenders, and this Trooper would still be alive.
Way to go liberals!
No Kidding! I’ve come across a few of them myself recently....quite a diversity of opinion here!
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.
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.
I should have included you in my #20 post to Gay State Conservative. It was an oversight.
Prayers for a speedy recovery for Officer Hockafer.
As crappy as the cops are these days, state troopers often aren’t part of that crowd. You don’t see them doing the kinds of thing that you see out of say, the LAPD. They generally are more professional with more common sense and restraint.
Underscores the value of 2-man patrol cars and of following the basic training rule “no call is routine.”
1) I'd bet the clothes on my back that,apart from Freepers who've served in combat,I've see more death...more VIOLENT death...than anyone on FR.Having worked for 20 years in the ER of a major hospital located in a major city makes me willing to make that claim.I've seen more murder victims than most Freepers have had hot dinners.I've even seen a couple of murdered cops.When dealing with potentially violent situations I'm willing to give cops the same "benefit of the doubt" that I'm willing to give one of our soldiers,sailors,airmen and Marines while serving in combat.Just as surely as there are US servicemen who are "bad apples",so too there are some cops who are bad apples.
Although I never served in combat..or anywhere near it..I firmly believe that Oliver Stone was full of bleep when he clearly implied in Platoon that it was SOP for our guys in Vietnam to rape and murder innocent civilians just for laughs.And more recently we had the senior Senator from Chappaquiddick making the same accusations regarding our guys in Iraq and Afghanistan.He,too,was a lying sack of ****.And I'm equally convinced that the many Freepers who believe that it's SOP for cops to murder dogs...and people...just for thrills are full of bleep.
Now that IS gay!
Up until 14 years ago i had complete trust in law enforcement and a profound respect for police officers. That was until I was framed by a corrupt cop and justice of the peace. I will never trust any of them ever again.
“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.”
You were reading my mind! Like a lot of things today, good LEOs have to bear the brunt of the “failings” of their “jackbooted fellow officers.” Hope that the trooper makes a full recovery. No one should be “cheering” this kind of wanton crime.
Same here. Well said Right Brother.
...and out on bail???
Exactly. This guy had already been convicted of murder and, apparently, attempted murder:
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.
How on earth could he be released under such conditions?
Absurd. It almost seems as if there is a deliberate effort to sow excess mayhem in society. To what end? In order to get the People to surrender still more Freedoms?
It's sheer insanity.
Interesting. I've read similar things here and this mirrors my own (admittedly limited) first-hand experience with LEOs. That is, city/town police tend to have the egos and control issues. I have seen them personally make some questionable calls on what to put in or leave out of official reports. (in one case nearly landing a friend of mine in jail) County sheriff's deputies OTOH have been professional, courteous and confident without being on a power trip. The several I've met I wouldn't mind hanging out with.
I'm sure the brass will tell you that 2-man patrol cars are too expensive.
But...I had a friend of mine who was a Reserve Deputy Sheriff out west back in the 1980's. He'd go out with a regular deputy maybe once a week on a volunteer basis, as the second man in the car.
The regular deputy would handle all citizen interaction while the reserve deputy would hang back and keep an eye on things. And, yes, he was trained and armed.
That was a decent idea. Why not bring it back?
Although you avoided responding to the main assertion “that many police are currently acting in a more belligerent and militaristic fashion...............Freepers don’t ‘hate’ police”, I appreciate your response, including what you didn’t say.
I’ll bet the Dems couldn’t wait to get this boy back on the street, registered to vote and murdering people.
I refer you to my observation that there are *some* bad apples both in our Armed Forces and police forces.
Our sheriff ended reserve deputies because he didn’t want anyone but full-time officers.That was a couple decades ago,not sure what the current sheriff thinks. Insurance and lawyers have changed or eliminated a lot f things once familiar to Americans.
And for the record,I only hate BAD cops;that does include those who think themselves special,who shoot down old ladies and any person they see with a gun,and cowardly killers of dogs protective o their home or just runnng across teir own yard; and especially those willing to particpate in gun confiscations as happened in New Orleans.
The information on the bad apples in law enforcement indicates that relative to, say a decade ago, the proper description of the todays number is many, not some.
Many is not all, or even most.
Now if only all the good cops,military,and government employees would stop covering for ,or being intimidatd by, the bad ones it would be just all fine.
But he good cops very rarely denounce the bad ones.
In this instance the bad ones are the judges and lawyers who let the dead perp out on bail.And further,the responsibilty should lie with all those who agitated and saw to it the legal system is so lenient with violent criminals and murderers.
Hope the trooper makes a full recovery.
Sheesh! What does it take to get locked up for good? Glad that piece of trash is dead now.
That was really disjointed and evasive.
None of that had zip to do with what the man said in #9
Most stories I see here are cops acting retarded. This case they were doing something normal and they reacted properly.
I hope the trooper makes a full recovery.
He is still alive according to the article. Critical but stable condition.
I learned long ago, be very aware and very suspect of wordy answers and responses to very basic questions and comments.
What you did or how much blood saw working in some hospital doesn’t mean zip, and has nothing to do with what happens down on the ground or in the streets.
“And I’m equally convinced that the many Freepers who believe that it’s SOP for cops to murder dogs...and people...just for thrills are full of bleep”
What a refreshing change from the “jackbooted thugs” comments and jokes They are so tiring.
Yes. I pray that his recovery will be so rapid the physicians will be shocked.
From the photo the trooper appeared to be a young man, with much left to live for. He may yet make all the difference for some who cross paths with him in the future.
May God guide the man, holding him closely and reassuring him for the rest of his life (here on earth).
We were put here for a reason --- for many. Life is not a cosmic accident.
You’re absolutely right, God has a plan for each and every one of us, it’s up to us if we listen, and even if we don’t, he has ways of putting us back on track.
Why not bring it back?
Police unions would have not part of that.
. The police today are not the LEOs that I grew up with and once admired.
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True BUT the cops we grew up with in the 50/60/70’s were, for the most part VETS.
I think our troubles began - in many ways - when it was deemed ‘we’ weren’t allowed to stop people from stealing our property.
Then the standards had to be ‘lowered’ to accommodate females and the 95 pound weaklings - who were widely recruited because ‘they’ started making college course etc mandatory.
Then as the Civilians started taking control of PD’s the Chiefs weren’t coming up the ranks, they were going outside the Departments, which cause further problems.
Then the advent of SWAT teams and tactical units just kept piling on.
Back in ‘our’ day you never would have heard of 50 cops - armed to the teeth - with all sort of specialty vehicles - standing outside a school waiting orders to enter...
Right, Wrong or Indifferent, COPS in ‘our’ day would have stormed the building. Because they were Ex Military and that was their training PLUS they had real life experience from their Military Service.
Sorry, back then we also didn’t have Unions to contend with.