A Lincoln County, CO, deputy who was shot multiple times early Thursday morning after responding to a theft in progress near mile marker 386 of Highway 40 has serious injuries but is expected to survive, according to a spokesperson for the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office (LCSO).
Deputy Michael Hutton has been with LCSO for seven years and is being treated for at least two gunshot wounds at a Denver area hospital, News9 reports.
"I struggle to find the word that we lived for those few hours trying to figure out that Mike was OK," said Captain Michael Yowell, a spokesperson for LCSO. "We called for everybody, we were looking for somebody who just took out 10% of our law enforcement officers. We're only 10 wide and Deputy Hutton represents 10% of us."
Family members, including Hutton's wife and young son, are by his side at the hospital, according to the sheriff's office.
A suspect is in custody. The suspect's identity has not been released.
The shooting was reported just after 3 a.m. by a professional truck driver who was awoken by noises in the area and spotted a man "actively" stealing from the back of a semi-trailer that had been forcefully opened, according to LCSO.