Boulder, CO-- Prosecutors in Boulder say no charges will be filed against a homeowner who shot and wounded a woman who entered his home before dawn.
The Boulder District Attorney will file 1st degree criminal trespass of a dwelling charges next week against the suspect who got shot in a home intrusion.
Officials say 21-year-old University of Colorado student Zoey Ripple went into the darkened bedroom of a home around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.
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"We're very disappointed to hear they decided to file charges, " said Colette Cribari, an attorney representing Ripple. "She suffered through all of this. This is not like her at all. She graduated from CU with a high GPA."
Cribari added her client didn't intend to commit a crime and that there are "still a lot of questions" in the case.
Cribari told 9Wants to Know Ripple remains in the hospital with a fractured hip as a result of the bullet wound.
The homeowner told police Ripple ignored orders to leave and a warning that he had a gun.
The man told police he fired after Ripple kept advancing toward him and his wife, injuring Ripple. The district attorney said Thursday the homeowner would face no charges, because he is protected under Colorado's "Make My Day" law that allows homeowners to protect themselves and their property.
Officials say preliminary tests indicate Ripple's blood-alcohol level was above 0.20.
A warrant is being issued for Ripple's arrest. Police and the district attorney are working with Ripple's attorney to arrange for Ripple to turn herself in once she is released from the hospital.
Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett told 9Wants to Know it's common for intoxicated students to wander in the wrong homes. His office prosecutes such cases about 12-15 times a year, Garnet said.
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