Feds catch fugitive in shooting incident



WESTMINSTER – A fugitive task force arrested Valley resident Fernando Vigil in the Denver area Monday afternoon.
Among several warrants on other charges, Vigil is suspected of shooting at a Colorado State Patrol (CSP) trooper May 4 as he fled a traffic stop in Antonito.


Federal officials reportedly used a ruse to lure Fernando Vigil to a hotel at I-25 and East 120th Avenue and arrested him about 3 p.m. Monday.


Vigil was picked up on an arrest charge of attempted homicide of a peace officer, Deputy U.S. Marshal Katrina Crouse reported Monday.


Law enforcement statewide had been looking for Vigil because of several outstanding felony warrants, she said.


In early May, authorities learned Vigil was in the Town of Antonito, just north of the Colorado-New Mexico border.


A CSP trooper found the vehicle that Vigil was suspected to be driving, according to information released May 5 from the Colorado State Patrol.


CSP and Conejos County law enforcement tried to stop the vehicle, but its driver took off and began a chase with law enforcement, hitting a sheriff's patrol vehicle enroute.


At least one other deputy chased the vehicle and used a tactical maneuver to cause the fleeing vehicle to spin out and roll on to its top in a rural area.


The driver then shot at the state trooper, according to a CSP press release.


Vigil ran from the scene and remained fugitive from justice until Monday, when he was taken into custody without incident. A passenger in the vehicle, Christina Cano, allegedly tried to run away, but was taken into custody. The trooper was not injured.


Vigil will be held in the Conejos County Jail and also faces warrants out of neighboring Costilla County.
Members of the U.S. Marshals Colorado Violent Offender Task Force, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), CSP and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) helped make the arrest, Crouse said.

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