Douglas County Sheriff’s Briefs


Man critically wounded

A man was critically wounded in Highlands Ranch when a gun registered to an off-duty Boulder police officer accidentally went off shortly before 7 p.m. May 3 on the 400 block of Spring Grove Avenue. The off-duty officer was working on a vehicle with two friends outside the residence when the gun discharged.

“We still need to complete the investigation before we decide if any charges will be filed, but we believe this was an unintentional event,” said Sgt. Ron Hanavan, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. “There is no reason to believe any criminal activity took place at this time.”

Boulder Police issued their own statement that said, “One of our off-duty officers was at the scene of what appears to be an accidental shooting in Douglas County, where one of the officer’s friends accidentally shot another friend.”

The statement continued to state the off-duty officer did not shoot the weapon and that while the registered owner of the gun it was not a police-issued weapon. The officer was placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

According to Hanavan, the victim remains in critical condition in a local hospital.

Businesses burglarized

Between April 19 and 24, five businesses in Highlands Ranch either reported thefts or were burglarized. Two grocery stores reported thefts of under $500 during open hours; a theft of between $500 and $999 occurred on April 19 at a commercial office building in the 8700 block of Ridgeline Boulevard; a third-degree burglary took place at a specialty store around 11 p.m. on April 22 in the 9300 block of South Colorado Boulevard; and a second-degree burglary was reported at a liquor store in the 2200 block of Wildcat Reserve Parkway at 11 p.m. on April 23.

Watch your plates

Sometime in the evening of April 22 or early morning of April 23, a resident in the 1000 block of Laurenwood Lane in Highlands Ranch had the rear license plate stolen from his Jeep that was parked in his driveway.

On April 24, a report came in from a resident who lives in the 72900 block of Village Square Terrace in Castle Pines that her license plate had been cut and the year sticker provided by the DMV had been stolen. Year tabs are often stolen by thieves who wish to make their registration year look current on their vehicle without having to pay for the actual registration.

Car break-in reported

A vehicle trespass was reported at 11 a.m. April 25 at the east/west trailhead off the 11700 block of Griggs Road in Highlands Ranch. The owner of the car parked his vehicle in the lot alongside five other vehicles at 9:45 that morning, and when he returned from hiking discovered that the passenger-side rear window of his vehicle had been broken out.

Reported stolen from his vehicle was a messenger bag that contained, among other items, a Girard-Perregaux watch worth between $8,000 and $9,000. The watch has a square-shaped sterling silver case with a white face and alligator skin band. No suspicious behavior was reported in the area and there are no suspects.


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