Animal stories from Boulder law enforcement this week — including the two-legged kind

Long-haired teenage criminal

Jeffrey Collins (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

A 16-year-old boy is sought in the beating of a 71-year-old woman in Lefthand Canyon, the man who shot at a Boulder Sheriff’s deputy and was shot by her has died, and Boulder Police Animal Control officers bring a happy law enforcement story to the news this week.

Authorities looking for 16-year-old hitchhiker who beat 71-year-old woman nearly to death

A woman who lives alone in a remote part of Boulder County was violently assaulted by a teenage hitchhiker she’d picked up and brought to her home. Authorities are still searching for Jeffrey Collins and the white hatchback vehicle that picked him up after he left the woman’s cabin off Lefthand Canyon Drive on Monday evening. Collins is wanted on charges of attempted murder.

UPDATE: Jeffrey Collins has been arrested.

Man wounded in shootout with deputy dies

The man who engaged a Boulder County Sheriff’s deputy in a gunfight along U.S. 287 on Sept. 10 died on Sunday. Adrian Joseph Shaffer, age 37, was hit multiple times after Deputy Teri Javes returned fire. Javes, a 19-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, was not injured in the shooting.

Boulder Police Animal Control Division officers come to the rescue

Animal control officers from the Boulder Police Department responded to a call of a rabbit stuck in a child’s backyard hockey net on Tuesday. Officers freed the rabbit from the netting, ensured it was uninjured, and released it to hop away to freedom.




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