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Gazette Premium Content Fremont County man injured in officer-involved shooting; deputy, police officer on leave

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: January 2, 2014 at 10:34 pm

A Fremont County Sheriff's deputy and a Canon City police officer are on administrative leave after a shootout with a man wanted on violation of a protection order, leaving him in the hospital with non life-threatening wounds.

John Freyta, 46, of Fremont County, suffered three gunshot wounds after allegedly trying to flee and then confronting Fremont County sheriff's deputies and Canon City police, the Fremont County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

He was airlifted to Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs and listed in stable condition Thursday morning, the statement read.

Deputies were attempting to find a man wanted on suspicion of violating a protection order, identified as Freyta, when he was located in Canon City by police. Freyta allegedly fled from officers, driving west on U.S. 50 to the entrance of Skyline Drive, where he turned around and proceeded east to the entrance to Tunnel Drive, according to the statement.

Freyta then reportedly traveled up Tunnel Drive, through the parking area at the base of the trail and on to the locked gates at the trail head, where a confrontation with Canon City police and Fremont County sheriff's deputies ensued.

Freyta suffered two gunshot wounds on his side and one on an elbow, Fremont County Sheriff's Officials said Thursday at a press conference.

Both the officer and deputy have been placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation lead by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which the sheriff's office said is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.

It was not known if Freyta was armed during the confrontation.

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