National Park

Colorado man charged with assault on ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced Wednesday that a Colorado man has been charged with assaulting a federal officer following last week’s shooting in Rocky Mountain National Park.

Daron Marquel Ellis has been indicted on a criminal charge of assaulting a federal agent with the use of a deadly weapon, according to the US Department of Justice.

The alleged assault took place on December 8 in Rocky Mountain National Park. According to officials at Rocky, a law enforcement ranger made contact with Ellis and another person allegedly involved in a car chase earlier in the morning outside the park boundaries.

Ellis allegedly shot the ranger, who was protected by his bulletproof vest and was not seriously injured, park officials said. The ranger fired his gun and injured a subject, although it is not clear if that subject was Ellis.

The ranger and the injured suspect were taken to hospital on December 8.

According to the US Department of Justice, Ellis first appeared in Federal Court in Denver on Monday, where he was briefed by a federal prosecution judge and ordered to remain in custody.

Assaulting a federal officer with a deadly weapon is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and / or a fine of up to $ 250,000.

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