Oct 272004
Authors: James Baetke

A volunteer sheriff’s deputy was struck in the back of the head

with a large object at the CSU football game on Friday, and

authorities are seeking the perpetrator.

“It is sad people do not respect the color of the office. We

were very upset by this,” said Eloise Campanella, spokeswomen for

the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.

A $1,000 reward is available to anybody leading to the arrest

and/or conviction of the person(s) responsible for the incident.

The sheriff’s office and the CSU Police Department are working

together to identify a suspect.

Campanella said one person or a group of people threw an object

at the deputy striking her on the backside of her head. The

incident happened around 7:15 p.m. on Friday, just before game

time, in the east parking lot of Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes

Stadium in the center portion of the student parking area.

The deputy was on horseback and was serving as a volunteer with

the rest of her horse posse.

Witnesses heard the deputy shriek and watched her slump over

with her eyes dilated and then vomit, Campanella said. The victim

was treated at the scene.

“It was dark and nobody saw what hit her,” Campanella said.

On Monday the deputy admitted herself to the hospital with a

concussion. She then returned to work on Wednesday, Campanella


“(The deputy) is back on light duty. She is still just in

shock,” Campanella said.

Capt. Bob Chaffee of CSUPD said this is the second recent

occurrence where objects have been thrown at personnel riding

horseback and said this may have an “impact on the alcohol task

force” that is looking at alcohol and its relation to CSU.

“We would like to see someone come forward and get this person

prosecuted,” Chaffee said.

Chaffee said that since last season there has been an increase

in violent behavior at Hughes Stadium. Security at the football

venue has been increased this year, nearly doubling the amount of

CSUPD officers patrolling tailgating areas, with other increased


The CSU administration suspended alcohol sales at the stadium

until the alcohol task force releases its findings in February.

“We have been trying to be fan-friendly and safe-conscious,”

Chaffee said.

Chaffee said if a suspect is caught, he or she could face a

charge of second-degree assault on a police officer.

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