Law enforcement releases name of officer wounded in shooting |

Law enforcement releases name of officer wounded in shooting

RIFLE ” A state trooper was in good condition Wednesday after surgery for a gunshot wound in his left arm, and an intensive search was under way for his assailant, authorities said.

Patrol spokesman Trooper Eric Wynn said doctors at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction operated on Brian Koch.

During a 1 p.m. press conference at the Garfield County Courthouse, State Patrol Capt. Richard Duran said that Koch has been with the Glenwood Springs office of the Colorado State Patrol for five years. No other personal information on Koch was released.

Police continue an intensive search for the suspect who shot the Colorado State Trooper late Tuesday evening outside of Rifle. A press conference was scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Garfield County Courthouse in Glenwood Springs.

According to reports, the Koch was shot on County Road 346 around 11:20 p.m. while on patrol. The suspect was reportedly heading toward Silt, where he abandoned his car and fled the scene.

The car was located shortly after the incident and has been taken by police, said Silt Police Chief Paul Taylor.

The injured officer was able to radio for help and was taken by ambulance to Grand River Medical Center in Rifle.

The suspect fled the shooting scene in a car, which was found a short time later, Wynn said.

Garfield County sheriff’s Deputy Tanny McGinnis said deputies had set up two roadblocks, including one on Interstate 70 near Rifle, and were reviewing a flood of tips from the public on the whereabouts of the suspect.

Roadblocks have been set up and law enforcement agencies, including the Rifle, Silt and New Castle police departments, CSP, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are searching for the suspect, who is described as a white male, 6-foot-1, 160 pounds with blond hair.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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