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May 9, 2014 4:26 PM by David Randall

Colorado trooper shooter was convicted killer

DOTSERO, Colo. (AP) - The man who wounded a Colorado state trooper on Interstate 70 was a convicted killer who was facing trial on attempted murder charges in Mesa County.

Investigators identified the shooter on Friday as 40-year-old Thomas Albert Ornales of Montrose.

Ornales was convicted of second-degree murder in Denver. He was a teen but prosecuted as an adult. He completed his parole in 2005 but was charged with attempted murder in a drive-by shooting in Fruita last year.

They say Ornales shot 31-year-old Trooper Eugene Hofacker after the trooper stopped to help him in Glenwood Canyon. Another trooper shot and killed Ornales.

Investigators haven't released any motive for the shooting.

Hofacker remains in the hospital, where he is scheduled to have additional surgery Friday.

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