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YODER, Colo. (KRDO) -- The father of the child who was shot Tuesday evening in Yoder has been arrested on multiple felony charges, including child abuse, according to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

The EPCSO said Wednesday that Nikolay Krutitskiy, 34, was booked into jail after the shooting at the family's home on Edison Road.

According to authorities, the home is 12 miles from the Yoder Post Office where the boy's parent's brought him after the shooting.

"Yoder is significantly far and so based on my limited understanding, I believe it (bringing the boy to the post office) may have been to decrease the time it would take first responders to get him help," said Jackie Kirby, a spokesperson for the EPCSO.

It's not yet clear what led to the shooting, but the child was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Deputies went to the post office and were flagged down by Krutitskiy and another parent, the EPCSO said.

Krutitskiy is facing charges of first-degree assault, child abuse - serious injury, possession of a weapon by previous offender, child abuse - without injury, prohibited use of weapon, violation of a restraining order and reckless endangerment.

"Based on the charges, I don't believe that it would have been something accidental where the juvenile discharged the firearm and accidentally shot himself," Kirby said.

She said the child is in serious but stable condition in a local hospital as of Wednesday morning.

"We continue to do interviews," Kirby said.  "There are still key people in this scenario who have not been interviewed yet.  So that will continue, and then we will put the case together for the D.A.'s office."

Court documents in this case are sealed from the public. We're working to get more information on this case.

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14 Comments

    1. No he’d didn’t you little liar! He was thinking this was an accidental shooting. This doesn’t sound like an accident to me. Did you read the whole article? Please leave Colorado.

      1. The article has been updated, and the implications have changed accordingly. But there’s still nothing to indicate it was deliberate (the opposite of accidental, for your information).

  1. At the risk of being repetitive, when will people learn to ***CALL 911 FIRST*** for a real emergency?
    I know the response to a medical emergency in that part of the county is not the same as in the City, but it gets emergency responders headed in the right direction sooner and seconds can count with a traumatic injury, especially with a child. And the 911 operator can give directions on how to really help while you’re waiting for first responders to arrive. The only reason here may be if the shooting occurred in the vehicle and it was near the post office where they took him.

    1. “Yoder is significantly far and so based on my limited understanding, I believe it (bringing the boy to the post office) may have been to decrease the time it would take first responders to get him help”
      .
      That may have been what they thought, but unless first responders were alerted first (questionable) then they delayed the initial response by the time it takes to drive 12 miles, or about 15-20 minutes of normal driving. I guess we still need to get a few things clarified.

  2. Looks like dad is on suicide precautions (green smock). Tragic for this family to have a troubled man with a gun.

  3. The own father – how sad. How can a parent do this. Maybe he can spend a few decades in prison to figure out why he shouldn’t have shot his child.

    1. There’s still nothing to indicate it was other than accidental. Unfortunately, stupidity often takes innocent lives.

  4. “Based on the charges, I don’t believe that it would have been something accidental where the juvenile discharged the firearm and accidentally shot himself,” Kirby said.”

    Interpretation: “I have no clue what happened and am just up here trying to sound smart.” Jackie never has been very bright, and a terrible PIO.

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