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Video shows moments surrounding Alamosa protest shooting

ALAMOSA, Colo. (KRDO) -- Controversy continues to rattle the small southern Colorado city of Alamosa after police say a local defense attorney, who was protesting, shot a driver in the head Thursday evening.

The Alamosa Police Department charged attorney James Marshall, 27, with attempted murder and assault after investigators said he shot Danny Pruitt, 49, of Canon City.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 obtained security camera footage, which has been provided to police, from a nearby business that captured the moments surrounding the shooting.

The surveillance video time-stamped at 5:55 p.m. Thursday shows the incident in its entirety during a protest in downtown Alamosa. The video shows about a dozen protestors were lining Main Street with signs in hand.

A black truck pulls up and as the driver goes through the crosswalk. That's when a protestor reaches in their pocket and pulls out what police say is a gun. The surveillance video shows the protestor aim the object at the passenger side window of the truck.

Within 11 seconds of nearing the crosswalk, the trucks comes to a halt in the middle of the intersection. Protestors immediately scatter and cars continue to drive around the stopped truck for about two and a half minutes. Video then shows the truck moving through the intersection.

Alamosa Police said they found the driver, Danny Pruitt, alert in his truck about a half-mile away from the scene of the shooting. Shortly after, officers arrested James Marshall on a slew of charges.

On Friday afternoon, some protestors told KRDO the driver plowed through the crowd, but Alamosa police said there is no evidence to support those claims.

"We've heard the same thing," Capt. Joey Spangler said. "But again, it's an ongoing investigation. I can say we have no evidence to show that he was driving into or through the protestors."

Meanwhile, many of the protestors in Alamosa are stunned by the violence and hope future protests remain peaceful.

“I’m just sad that the way things turned in a matter of a second," Zoila Gomez said. "It was just the wrong time at the wrong place."

Pruitt is receiving treatment in Colorado Springs hospital. A GoFundMe created by his family indicates he is on life support. The fundraiser page also said Pruitt is a single father veteran who lives in Canon City. His family tells KRDO they're asking for prayers in his recovery.

Marshall is out of jail on a $60,000 bond. KRDO has reached out to Marshall for comment but has not yet heard back.

Crime / Local News / State & Regional News

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

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    1. That kind of global conclusion would then lead to the conclusion that all Republicans are liars just by listening to Donald Trump speak.

      1. Well, everyone seems to think that a few bad cops means that all cops are bad and we need police reforms, so fair is fair.

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