Deputy Shot, Jackie Wampler Jr. Arrested
Costilla County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Keith Schultz was shot multiple times at 4:11 AM on August 7th while responding to a reported burglary call at a home in the Sangre de Cristo Ranches area southeast of Fort Garland.
The deputy exchanged gunfire and was wearing a bullet-proof vest that saved his life. No other injuries were reported. He drove to a safe location for emergency aid and was then transported to SLV Health Regional Medical Center in Alamosa. He received treatment for his wounds, was reported in stable condition, and was released after a few hours.
The suspect was captured by Alamosa City SWAT team without incident at his home around 11:15 AM following a standoff. He was identified as a white male, Jackie Wampler Jr., age 55, 5′ 5″, 145 pounds.
Undersheriff Randy Herrera identified the suspect as the owner of the property involved, and as the person who made the burglary call. The responding deputy did not find a burglary suspect or signs of a burglary.
On Facebook, Deputy Schultz thanked the community and fellow law enforcement officers for their prayers, support and get well wishes for his recovery.
[Updated August 8, 2019, 3:30 PM]
Wampler has been charged with 13 counts:
criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree (two counts)
criminal attempt to commit murder in the second degree
assault in the first degree (two counts)
assault in the second degree
and six counts of crime of violence.
He has not yet entered a plea. A preliminary hearing in Costilla County Court is scheduled for October 22.
[Added October 5, 2019]
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The Costilla County Sheriff’s Office serves the county and San Luis, the oldest town in Colorado. The Costilla County Sheriff is Danny Sanchez.
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