Anselmo Native Shot on Duty while Working as Colorado Sheriff’s Deputy

Anselmo Native Shot on Duty while Working as Colorado Sheriff’s Deputy
Deputy Brandon Stupka. Photo: Weld County Sheriff's Office Facebook page.

GREELEY, Co.—A late night domestic disturbance in Greeley, Colorado led to gunfire between a suspect and Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies. Former Custer County resident and current Weld County Deputy Brandon Stupka was shot in the thigh and abdomen during the gunfire exchange on Wednesday, August 15 at approximately 9:21 p.m., according to the Weld County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO).

The Anselmo native and other deputies responded to a report of a disturbance involving a weapon. According to a press release from the Weld County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were confronted at the scene by the suspect, who began shooting toward the deputies striking Stupka in the thigh and abdomen area. Deputies then returned fire and shot the suspect.

Stupka was transported to a nearby Colorado hospital for surgery and as of Thursday evening, WCSO reported that Stupka “remains in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.”

Anselmo-Merna Public Schools secretary Rhonda Sommer confirmed Stupka graduated in 1997. According to Stupka’s LinkedIn page, he served in the United States Army and Navy and also as an EMT in Broken Bow. He has worked with WCSO for 10 years.

In accordance with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures, the deputies involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave pending the investigation according to the press release.

The name and condition of the shooting suspect is unknown at this time.

KCNI/KBBN has reached out to WCSO and the Stupka family but has not been able to make contact. Our thoughts are with all of those involved.