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May 19, 2014
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Trooper shot on I-70 is released from hospital

EAGLE-VAIL — State Trooper Eugene Hofacker, wounded May 8 in a shooting on Interstate 70 at the east end of Glenwood Canyon, came out to cheer on Eagle River Fire Protection District’s Special Olympics torch run in Eagle-Vail on Saturday.

Hofacker was released recently from Valley View Hospital, where he was treated for his wounds.

The man accused of shooting Hofacker, Thomas Ornelas, 40, of Montrose, was shot and killed by trooper Shane Gosnell at the scene. Ornelas had a long criminal history, including an adult homicide conviction for a killing when he was 17, and was out on bond on a charge of second-degree attempted murder in Mesa County.


An investigation by the Garfield County Sheriff’s office is ongoing, pending a search of Ornelas’ vehicle, information from the Garfield County coroner and a report from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

According to the State Patrol, Hofacker is continuing to recover and may release a statement or speak to press at a later date.

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The VailDaily Updated May 19, 2014 11:27PM Published Jun 30, 2014 05:09PM Copyright 2014 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.