ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. - A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend near the Inverness Business Park Wednesday had been prohibited from having guns or any weapons under his bond conditions in a felony stalking case.
Christopher Fields is accused of shooting his former girlfriend through the windshield of her car as she exited northbound Interstate 25 near East County Line Road on Wednesday morning, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said. The victim, whose name has not been released, is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at a hospital.
Sheriff's officials said Fields fled from the shooting scene on a blue Kawasaki motorcycle, but he was stopped by New Mexico state police and arrested near Raton, N. M., on Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff's officials said Fields had a weapon when he was arrested.
According to court records, the 27-year-old Fields had been repeatedly arrested for stalking a 23-year-old Castle Rock woman, starting in September 2011.
The woman, who was once engaged to Fields, was granted a permanent protection order in June 2012, barring Fields from ever contacting her, court records state.
The woman told Douglas County sheriff's deputies that Fields had repeatedly stalked her at her Inverness Business Park workplace, slashed her tires, carved obscenities into her car and posted a nude photo of her in public places. She said she feared for her life and the lives of her family members.
Fields' family members said they don't have any firearms and do not know where he would have obtained a gun.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said investigators have traveled to New Mexico to interview Fields. They also will take custody of the handgun in an effort to learn where Fields got it.
When Fields was released from jail on $25,000 bond in the stalking case on June 18, the bond conditions barred him from having any contact with his ex-girlfriend, possessing firearms or other weapons or using drugs or alcohol, according to court records.
Fields was required to wear a satellite-tracking ankle monitor, but sheriff's officials say he cut it off near the shooting scene. Investigators have recovered the device.
He was also barred from leaving Colorado and required to sign a waiver of his right to contest extradition back to Colorado if he fled to another state. This means Fields should soon be returning to Colorado to face a charge of attempted first-degree murder and other potential charges.
The judge in the stalking case issued an arrest warrant for Fields on the day of the shooting for failure to comply with court orders.