RMNP’s Fall River entrance reopened this morning in the wake of an FBI investigation into a shooting involving a Park Service law enforcement ranger.
On the morning of Wednesday, Dec. 8, a Park Service law enforcement ranger was shot near Rocky Mountain National Park’s Fall River entrance. The ranger also reportedly discharged their firearm, wounding one of two suspected perpetrators.
Both the ranger and the wounded suspect received medical treatment at a nearby hospital. The additional suspect was apprehended at the scene and remains in custody. The ranger, whose ballistic vest stopped the bullet from entry, suffered minimal injuries, according to authorities.
The extent of the gunshot suspect’s injuries is not known at this time. According to a preliminary report from the RMNP, the suspects had been involved in a vehicular chase outside the park’s boundaries earlier that morning when the ranger made contact.
Local affiliate CBS4 reported that a spokesperson for RMNP said this was “the first time in park history a law enforcement ranger was involved with a shooting, let alone shot.”
No further details have yet been released, but check back — we’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.
Update, Dec. 17, 2021: Earlier this week, the suspect, 29-year-old Daron Marquel Ellis, was formally charged with assault on a federal officer with a deadly weapon. If found guilty of the charges, Ellis could face up to 20 years in prison and fines up to $250,000. For additional information, see this report by The Denver Channel.