A 19-year-old accused of shooting a Fort Lupton police officer in the face faces six charges, including attempted first-degree murder, according to a 19th Judicial District Attorney’s Office news release.
Matthew Cotter is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder, one count of first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree assault on a peace officer and one count of first-degree criminal attempt to commit assault.
Cotter is accused of shooting Sgt. Christopher Pelton from behind a fence at a residence on the 200 block of Ponderosa Place in Fort Lupton, according to an arrest affidavit from the Greeley Police Department.
“I shot, he dropped; they shot, I dropped,” Cotter said, according to the affidavit.
Cotter had driven to the home of his ex-girlfriend, and someone inside called 911 after he texted his ex-girlfriend to say, “It was too late,” according to the affidavit. Cotter had suicidal thoughts since the couple’s split in August, according to the affidavit.
After shooting Pelton in an alleged ambush, Cotter tried to flee before being shot. He and Pelton were airlifted to a hospital.
Pelton is in stable but critical condition, the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police said in a Facebook post Friday. A GoFundMe account has raised $10,800 to help the Cotter’s wife and three children while he recovers.
Cotter is still being treated for his injuries so he has not been booked into Weld County Jail and a court date has not been set, the news release said.