Probe into Ignacio shooting continues

Charges pending against suspect

The investigation into the shooting of Anthony Martinez by a Southern Ute police officer continued Thursday.

Police were called to a reported assault in the 200 block of County Road 320B in the Candelaria Heights subdivision northwest of Ignacio early Wednesday morning. The shooting took place after Martinez charged the officers with a baseball bat, according to the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office.

Martinez was transported to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, where his condition was improving late Thursday afternoon.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Office. Investigators are conducting ongoing interviews with witnesses, and charges against Martinez are pending until the investigation is complete.

The officer, whose name has not been released, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call CBI Agent Jeff Brown at 375-1646.

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