Boulder police officer to face attempted murder charge

Christian Dale McCracken

Christian Dale McCracken

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BOULDER, Colo. – A Boulder police officer originally arrested for stalking his ex-girlfriend now faces a charge of attempted first-degree murder, authorities announced Thursday.

Christian McCracken was arrested by Broomfield Police in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 28.

“At the time of McCracken’s arrest, Boulder police began a criminal investigation into information that he may have planned and taken a significant step toward committing a homicide against the new boyfriend,” said Boulder Police spokeswoman Kim Kobel. “After consultation with the District Attorney’s Office, it was agreed that probable cause existed to obtain an additional arrest warrant.”

McCracken’s ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend are both Boulder Police dispatchers.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 24. He’s in jail on $100,000 bond.

McCracken’s ex-girlfriend told police their relationship began to unravel after McCracken was assaulted at a popular Boulder restaurant last year while he was on duty. She told police he suffered a “traumatic brain injury” and that he was “disconnected from reality.”

Authorities say McCracken broke up with her.

She says he became violent and threatening in the following months and he began to harass her by phone and text message.

She claims when she started dating another Boulder Police dispatcher, McCracken then began following her and threatening her and her new boyfriend.

The threats culminated last week when he showed up at her home and peered inside her window. When the victim called police, they told her he had checked out his guns and that she was in imminent danger.

“While we are concerned and saddened by the need to arrest one of our own officers, we are primarily focused with the safety of our employees and members of the community,” said Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner.  “As information became available, it became increasingly apparent that we needed to act quickly. Certainly there was a plan in place,” he said.

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