WELD COUNTY COLORADO - Authorities say a man was shot and injured on Wednesday while investigating a possible fuel theft from a turkey farm.
The Weld County Sheriff's Office says 38-year-old Jacque Crawford was shot across the street from his home near Hudson at about 5 a.m.
Deputies say Crawford saw car headlights on an adjacent turkey farm and walked over, where he confronted a man near some diesel pumps. Crawford reportedly knew fuel had recently been stolen from the farm.
"When he walked out he was confronted by a male party and was shot," said Ed Haffner of the Weld County Sheriff's Department.
Authorities say the suspect used a small-caliber handgun, hitting Crawford in the right shoulder and in his coat. Deputies say a tool in his pocket deflected one of the bullets. Crawford was not armed.
"We think it's a random act," said Ed Haffner of the Weld County Sheriff's Department. "We're not sure why it occurred at this point."
Crawford's 12-year-old daughter awoke shortly after and found her father making his way back to the house when she called 911. Crawford was taken to Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley with non-life-threatening injuries. It was believed he would be released on Wednesday, according to investigators.
"(Crawford was) extremely fortunate considering the close range he was shot at," said Haffner.
The sheriff's office is canvassing the community for information on the suspect and checking gas station cameras to see if anyone came through around the time of the shooting.
The suspect was last seen heading northbound on County Road 10.
"The suspect, we don't have any information on," said Haffner. "We don't know what would cause a man to act like this."
Investigators say they have a vague vehicle description and a few foot prints to go off of right now.
Deputies say this appears to be an isolated case and there is no concern for public safety at this time.