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Pueblo Police identify new suspect in connection with shooting of off-duty firefighter

Stevan Hernandez
Posted at 7:12 PM, Jun 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-15 19:46:28-04

PUEBLO — Pueblo Police provided a new update into the investigation of an incident where an off-duty firefighter was shot last weekend.

Tuesday afternoon, 6/15, Pueblo Police identified Stevan Hernandez as the suspect in this investigation.

Last Thursday afternoon, police said they are no longer looking for Tonya Albach-Ortega, said to be the owner of a car seen at the time of the incident.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Hernandez for one count of 1st Degree Assault and eight counts of Attempted 1st Degree Murder.

According to Pueblo Police, officers responded to the 100 block of N. Main around 12:30 a.m. last Sunday to investigate a shooting. They discovered an off-duty Pueblo firefighter had been shot in the leg. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said the firefighter was standing outside of a building with co-workers when he 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. A short time later, an individual fired several rounds in the firefighter's direction from a car that was parked outside of a nearby establishment. He was struck once in the leg.