COSTILLA COUNTY, Colo. — A Costilla County deputy who was shot multiple times by a suspect Wednesday morning has been released from the hospital.
Deputy Keith Schultz was responding to a call concerning a burglary Wednesday around 4:10 a.m. in the Sangre de Cristo Ranches subdivision, which is in unincorporated Costilla County near Fort Garland. When he arrived at the home, he met with the homeowner, Jackie Wampler Jr.
According to the sheriff’s office, “a short time later gun fire was exchanged.” Schultz was struck multiple times. Wampler was not injured.
Schultz was able to get back to his patrol vehicle and drove himself to a safe location. He was transported to San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, where he was treated and later released.
Authorities were searching for Wampler for several hours after the incident. He was located around 11:15 a.m. and was taken into custody by the Alamosa City SWAT team.
As the sheriff’s office began investigating, they determined there were no signs that a burglary had occurred at Wampler’s home.
Several other agencies and groups helped with this incident, including the Blanca Marshalls Office, Costilla County EMS, Alamosa SWAT team, Alamosa Command Staff, Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado State Patrol Dispatch, U.S. Ice Agents, Del’s Diner, All Gone Restaurant, Costilla County Commissioner Leroy Pacheco, Costilla County Assessor’s Office, Costilla County Emergency Manager Chris Rodriguez, Alamosa I.T., Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Pueblo Police Department.
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