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Fort Lupton sergeant injured in shooting out of ICU; suspect now in jail

Posted at 11:44 PM, Dec 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 01:46:19-05

DENVER – The Fort Lupton sergeant who was injured in a shooting last Monday is out of the intensive care unit, officials with the Fort Lupton Police Department said Monday.

Sgt. Chris Pelton, who underwent two surgeries following the Dec. 2 shooting, has also begun mobility therapy, officials said in an update on the city government’s website.

Pelton was wounded when 19-year-old Matthew Cotter reportedly fired at arriving officers from behind a fence as they responded to the home of Cotter’s ex-girlfriend. Police went to the home after receiving a report that Cotter had called his ex-girlfriend threatening to come over to their family’s home and kill himself.

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Cotter, who was critically injured in the shooting as well, was also listed as being booked on the Weld County Jail’s website Monday afternoon.

He faces one count of attempted first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault.

His next court date is Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Sgt. Pelton during his recovery. The Colorado Police Officers Foundation is also pitching in to help, and you can do so by clicking here.