FORT LUPTON, Colo. (CBS4) – The family of a Fort Lupton officer shot in the face says he’s doing well in his recovery. Chris Pelton had surgery on his jaw on Monday.
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The shooting happened Dec. 2 as officers responded to a home where the residents said their daughter’s ex-boyfriend was outside with a gun.
Matt Cotter ran away as officers arrived and opened fire on the officers, police say. Pelton was then shot. They shot back hitting him. Both Cotter and Pelton were taken to different hospitals.READ MORE: Marijuana Social Equity Fair Seeks To Level The Playing Field For Communities Of Color
“The defendant said, ‘I shot, he dropped; they shot, I dropped,'” court documents stated. Cotter is being held on a $5 million bond.
Pelton’s family says he has been able to talk and walk. They say they are thankful for the outpouring of support.MORE NEWS: Hikers Discouraged From Climbing Kit Carson Peak As Madeline Baharlou-Quivey's Body Recovered
If you want to help with medical funds for Officer Chris Pelton, there are several ways. A GoFundMe account has been set up, the Colorado Police Foundation website has set up a fund and Northern Colorado Police and Fire Families have set up a T-shirt fundraiser.