Colorado trooper shot on I-70; suspect dead

I-70 closed east of Glenwood Springs, Co., after a Colorado State Police Officer was shot. (CDOT camera photo)

DOTSERO, Colo. — The Colorado State Patrol says a trooper wounded in a shooting during a traffic stop on Interstate 70 in western Colorado is in critical condition and a motorist he was trying to help was shot and killed.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said the shooting happened Thursday in Glenwood Canyon when a motorist suddenly opened fire. The sheriff says another trooper returned fire and killed the suspect.

Vallario says investigators are still trying to identify the suspect and determine a motive. He says there are no other suspects.

Authorities say the injured trooper, identified as 31-year-old Eugene Hofacker of Vail-Avon, suffered serious blood loss and underwent surgery.

Interstate 70 was closed for hours, and was expected to reopen in both directions Thursday evening.

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