DA seeks to charge juvenile as adult in shooting of Alamosa police office

Local law enforcement officers are shown on scene in the 1200 block of Denver Avenue in south Alamosa where APD officer Mollee Heeney and Ricardo Rangel were shot on Oct. 27. File photo

ALAMOSA — District Attorney Anne Kelly has made the decision to seek to charge the juvenile in connection with the alleged Oct. 27 shooting of Alamosa Police officer Mollee Heeney and 41-year-old Ricardo Rangel as an adult.

“The juvenile is entitled to what is called a ‘transfer hearing,’” Kelly said. “At the hearing, the Court must make findings about whether the case is more appropriately heard in adult court.”

The court will review the facts of the case, she said, and will hear from expert witnesses regarding juvenile development, the juvenile’s life and other factors.

“The court will then decide whether we can proceed with adult charges against the juvenile,” Kelly said.

Barring any further action or developments, the case will continue to be pending in juvenile court until the transfer hearing is held and the court makes its ruling. The hearing is currently slated to begin on Jan. 31 and is scheduled to last three days.

On Oct. 27 APD was dispatched to the 1200 block of Denver Street on a report of a “fight/disturbance in progress”

When Heeney, 25, arrived on the scene, the juvenile allegedly produced a handgun and fired, striking Heeney once in the leg and once in the shoulder.

Rangel was found in the same vicinity where Heeney was shot.

Both victims were immediately transported to a local hospital and then flown out to hospitals on the Front Range where they each underwent surgery for their injuries.

In a press conference held the day after the shooting, Alamosa Police Chief Ken Anderson stated that Heeney was in stable condition and Rangel was listed as critical.

Heeney’s femur was shattered in the shooting, requiring surgeons to put a rod in her leg. She is currently recuperating at her parents’ house in Colorado Springs.

According to information from the DA’s office, Rangel is out of the hospital and is in stable condition.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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