Technician Chris Cutrone
On Thursday, May 8, 2003 at approximately 2:15 PM, Technician Cutrone stopped a vehicle that was driving in an unsafe manner, proceeding northbound on Highway 160 in Towaoc, Colorado, near the casino. As he approached the vehicle, the lone occupant fired a 45 caliber semi-automatic Ruger handgun at Technician Cutrone. Technician Cutrone was hit a minimum of three times.
Technician Cutrone was shot in his right side just below his arm pit, and that round exited out his chest and came to rest on the inside of his ballistic vest. Chris also sustained injuries to his left ringer finger, right wrist and right thumb. He suffered a contusion when a round struck him on his upper right shoulder and his Patrol issued body armor stopped it.
Technician Cutrone ran from the scene of the shooting to the near by casino seeking cover and assistance. Despite the life threatening injuries, Chris had the presence of mind to give pertinent information leading to the capture of his assailant. Had Technician Cutrone not done this, the suspect may have escaped.
Two surgeries were performed on Technician Cutrone the day of the shooting. As he was being prepared to fly to Grand Junction, hospital staff noticed Chris’s blood pressure dropping. This surgery was performed to stop the life threatening bleeding from an artery in his chest. Stable now, he was flown to Grand Junction for surgery on his ring finger and right wrist.
On May 10, 2003 Technician Cutrone suffered a stroke and a third surgery was performed to reduce the swelling on his brain. Chris received his forth surgery on May 19, 2003 to clean and close his bullet wounds, and his fifth and final surgery was performed on May 29, 2003. In July 2003, Chris was able to return home to recover and rehabilitate.
Technician Cutrone is continuing to improve from what was once a very grave situation, returning to work back in January 2004. For his efforts that lead to the capture of the suspect in the shooting, and fighting his life threatening injuries, Technician Chris Cutrone is being honored today.