No charges in accidental shooting involving off-duty Boulder officer's gun

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. - The Douglas County Sheriff's Office has determined no crime was committed when a Highlands Ranch man was accidentally shot with a gun belonging to a Boulder police officer earlier this month.

The incident happened in the driveway of a home in the 400 block of Spring Grove Avenue on May 3 as three friends were working on a car. One of the friends owned the home where they were working.

Investigators said the off-duty officer was seated in the back seat of the vehicle with the victim when the third friend moved some items in the trunk of the car. The gun was among the items and discharged.

The bullet apparently went through the back seat and struck the victim on the side of his torso.

“It lacerated his liver and his pancreas,” the friend said. “He’s in critical but stable condition.”

The officer and his two friends have known each other since middle school.

Boulder police said the weapon that discharged was not the officer's police-issued gun. 

The unnamed officer was initially placed on administrative leave but police said Thursday he had returned to work after they completed their own investigation.