ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — The suspect in the alleged shooting of his ex-girlfriend in south metro Denver Wednesday morning has been captured in New Mexico. Arapahoe County Sheriff’s investigators say Christopher Fields, 27, was arrested by New Mexico State Police near Raton, NM.
Authorities in south metro Denver spent the day searching for a man they considered armed and dangerous after he allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said a woman was driving northbound on the exit ramp from I-25 approaching E. County Line Rd. at about 8 a.m. when she was approached by her ex-boyfriend.
Investigators say Fields allegedly stepped in front of her car and fired one shot through the windshield, hitting her. She ended up in a nearby parking lot just off of Inverness Parkway and County Line Rd. Information about the woman’s condition was not released Wednesday afternoon.
Witnesses say Fields left the area on a blue Kawasaki motorcycle, Colorado license plate 561YDJ. Sheriff’s deputies say he is armed and dangerous and he should not be approached. Fields is approximately 5-foot-7 and 155 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and a black watch cap. Sheriff’s investigators say a silver Toyota Corrolla they released information about has been found to not have anything to do with this case.
Detectives say anyone with information about the suspect or the shooting can call them at 303-795-4711.
Fifteen schools were placed on a lockout Wednesday morning while police searched for the shooting suspect. That lockout was lifted by about 11 a.m.
Fields was arrested on Sept. 27, 2011 in Douglas County for felony intimidation, stalking and harassment. Shortly following that arrest, two related women — ages 22 and 51 — filed restraining orders against Fields. A judge granted orders of protection for the two on Nov. 11, 2011.
On June 15, 2012, Fields was arrested again for felony contempt of court, a charge that was related to the aforementioned stalking case.
Lockouts lifted for area schools
There were 15 schools that went into lockout status Wednesday in the Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Castle Rock areas as police investigated.
Lockout means all students were kept inside their building and all outside doors are locked but activities inside the school continue as normal, according to Douglas County School District.
The following is a complete list:
- Acres Green Elementary
- Bridges Program
- Eagle Ridge Elementary
- Early Childhood Center North
- Fox Creek Elementary
- Hope Online
- Lone Tree Elementary
- Sand Creek Elementary
- SkyView Academy
- Chaparral High School
- Mammoth Heights Elementary
- Pine Lane Elementary
- Sierra Middle School
- DCS Montessori
According to RTD, the County Line station and the bus bridge from Lincoln to Dry Creek were closed as police attempted to track the shooter down. Officials said those closures were lifted as of 9:30 a.m.
This story will be updated as more information arrives.
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