DA: Cripple Creek officer justified in shooting man who attacked her during arrest

Jeffrey Bader Colorado Springs Police Department

A Cripple Creek police officer was justified in shooting a man who attacked her and a deputy while being arrested earlier this year, according to the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The shooting happened on May 20. Around 8;15 p.m., Teller County deputies and Cripple Creek officers went to investigate a report of a suspicious person parked outside of the mine on Highway 67 between Victor and Cripple Creek. When they arrived, deputies found the man, Jeffrey Bader, slumped over the steering wheel, asleep, with the engine running and the car in drive. When a deputy tapped on the window. Bader sped off, leading officers on a high-speed chase.

About five minutes into the chase, Bader crashed his car into a guardrail, according to investigators. When the deputy approached the car, Bader got out of the car and attacked him. As officer Heike Karr came to his aid, Bader attacked her, wrapping his forearm around her throat and neck. Before Karr went to the ground, Bader yelled “I’m going to kill her,” according to investigators.

Karr then shot Bader in the leg and arrested him.

Karr and the deputy were both treated for minor injuries. 

Bader has recovered from his injury and is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder. His next court appearance is September 4.

No criminal charges will be filed in the shooting. 

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