Criminal Justice

Lawyer is accused of shooting driver said to be ‘inching forward’ into protesters

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A Colorado lawyer is facing charges after he was accused of shooting a driver during a protest early Thursday evening.

Police charged 27-year-old lawyer James Marshall of Alamosa, Colorado, with attempted second-degree homicide, first-degree assault, reckless endangerment, felony menacing, criminal mischief, illegal discharge of a firearm and prohibited use of weapons, according to a press release.

The Alamosa News, KRDO (here and here) and the Denver Post have coverage.

Marshall was released on $60,000 bond, according to the Alamosa County Jail.

The driver, 49-year-old Danny Pruitt of Canon City, Colorado, was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the head. He was in critical but stable condition Friday.

Police said Marshall was protesting at the rally. A protest organizer who spoke with the Alamosa News said the truck was “inching forward into the crowd” when someone pulled out a handgun and shot into the truck’s back passenger window.

KRDO posted security camera footage that was provided to police showing a black truck going through an intersection, forcing protesters to move. A protester pulls something from his back pocket and points it at the truck and then is obscured from view by the truck.

Marshall did not respond to a message left by the ABA Journal on his law firm’s voicemail or to a request for comment submitted on the firm’s contact page.

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