The charges against a Palmer Lake police officer will move forward after a Douglas County judge agreed there was enough evidence in the case in a Sept. 10 preliminary hearing. Brian Saltzman, 38, was …
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The charges against a Palmer Lake police officer will move forward after a Douglas County judge agreed there was enough evidence in the case in a Sept. 10 preliminary hearing.
Brian Saltzman, 38, was arrested by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies May 25 after a guest at his home in Sedalia was shot.
Saltzman, who is a detective at the Palmer Lake Police Department, was hosting a party celebrating a fellow officer who was completing training, according to testimony given in the hearing.
When deputies arrived, they found the woman who had been shot lying on the ground with a tourniquet applied to her leg, DCSO Deputy Dallas Dobbs said in the hearing.
Two witnesses said they saw Saltzman fire his handgun behind him, without looking, before the woman was hit, Detective Jeff Pelle said in the hearing.
Saltzman was charged with one felony — second-degree assault — and three misdemeanors.
One of those witnesses, however, reportedly told another person at the party that the woman, another police officer, had shot herself, Pelle said.
The woman who was hit had been walking from inside the home back out to a fire pit when the shot occurred, Dobbs said. A DCSO detective who responded to the hospital where the woman was taken said the bullet had not entered the leg, but had hit it in two places.
The woman, also an employee at Palmer Lake Police Department, is still in recovery, said Chief Jason Vanderpool with the department.
“This (event) was not sanctioned training or anything like that. It was a get together amongst friends,” Vanderpool said. “And it went awry.”
Saltzman is on unpaid administrative leave indefinitely while the criminal case and an internal affairs investigation by El Paso County are completed.
Saltzman’s next hearing is set for Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.
“It’s been a very, very trying time,” Vanderpool said. “It’s almost surreal, I can’t believe something like this happened.”
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