Man charged in attempted murder of Northglenn police officer

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Adrian Moya, 23, is charged in the shooting of a police officer. (Photo: 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office)

NORTHGLENN, Colo. — A man faces first-degree murder charges in the shooting of a Northglenn police officer earlier this month.

It happened on early on Dec. 19 during a traffic stop in the 11200 block of Huron Street. A man got out of his car during a traffic stop and allegedly fired at the police officer. Police said the officer was struck several times and returned fire, striking the suspect.

The suspect was critically injured.

The unidentified police officer was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released, officials reported.

Adrian Brandon Moya, 23, has been charged with one count of attempted first-degree murder after deliberation, one count of first-degree assault for threatening a peace officer with a weapon, one count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and one count of violence crime as a sentencing enhancer, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Moya appeared in court Monday for advisement on the charges and is due in court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for setting of a preliminary hearing.

He is currently being held on $500,000 bond.

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