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Rifle shooting suspect remains hospitalized

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Rifle man accused of shooting a Rifle Police officer on Oct. 22, remains hospitalized in Grand Junction, recovering from multiple gunshot wounds.

According to Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario, Phillip Michael Amonette, 53, remains in critical care at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, as of Monday.

Vallario said that he had not received any updates on Amonette’s condition as of Monday.



“My assumption is that he will be hospitalized for several days, or weeks, until his medical condition is at a point that my jail medical staff can provide care for him based on our level of ability,” Vallario responded in an e-mail to the Post Independent.

Amonette faces possible charges of attempted first-degree murder. He is accused of shooting a police officer while attempting to flee his residence in the 2100 block of Whiteriver Avenue in Rifle. Police say that two officers responded to a domestic dispute call at the scene around 8:20 p.m. on Friday. They say that Amonette tried to flee the scene and shot one officer, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest. A second officer then shot and wounded Amonette.



The officer who was shot was physically fine, Rifle Police Chief Daryle Meisner reported at a press conference in Rifle on Saturday. The name of the officer was not released.

It is unclear as to how soon the District Attorney’s office will file charges in the case. Attempts to reach District Attorney Martin Beeson Monday, regarding the pending charges against Amonette, were unsuccessful.

Amonette is in custody and is being held on $1 million bond.


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