WANTED: Suspect who allegedly shot an off-duty Pueblo firefighter Sunday

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This story has been updated.

PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo police are asking for help searching for a suspect involved in shooting an off-duty firefighter.

On June 6, 2021 at approximately 12:25 a.m., Pueblo police officers responded to an address in the 100 block of N. Main Street regarding a shooting that had just occurred. When officers arrived they found a man with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

An investigation was initiated, and it was discovered that the gunshot victim was an off-duty Pueblo firefighter who was with a group of off-duty coworkers. While standing outside of a building in the 100 block of N. Main Street, the (eventual) gunshot victim witnessed one or more individuals harassing a homeless man who was apparently experiencing some sort of mental health issue. After coming to the homeless man’s aid, the individuals who were harassing him reportedly left
the immediate area and the eventual gunshot victim returned to his original location.

A short time later, an individual fired several rounds in the victim’s direction from a sedan that was parked outside of a nearby establishment. The victim was struck once in the leg.

On June 8, 2021, the Pueblo Police Department issued a press release announcing that the suspect had been identified and a warrant had been issued for his arrest. On the same day, the Pueblo Police Department issued a second press release informing the public that new information had been obtained that cleared the initial suspect.

Upon further investigation by Pueblo Police, the suspect has now been identified as 38-year-old Stevan Jesus Hernandez. An arrest warrant has been issued for Hernandez for one count of 1st
Degree Assault and eight counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

Anyone with information that may help the investigation is asked to call Detective Ryan Torres at 719-320-6037, or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).

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