Man involved in Moffat County shooting dies

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A man involved in a recent shooting in unincorporated Moffat County died from his wounds Wednesday, and the incident currently is being investigated as a self-defense case by the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Ron Torgersen, 51, was shot by David Hazelip, 58, on June 24 in Wilderness Ranch. Torgerson died Wednesday morning in St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

No arrests have been made at this point in the case.

“Our initial investigation into the shooting and our ongoing investigation into the subsequent death of (Torgersen) indicates that an affirmative claim of self-defense may pertain to the facts and circumstances related to the shooting,” the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. “Our investigation is attempting to determine if a claim of self-defense can be substantiated by the evidence.”

The officers responded to Hazelip’s property the night of the shooting.

The men owned neighboring properties in Wilderness Ranch, and both fired weapons that day, but only Torgersen was hit, said Lt. KC Hume, of the Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office did not have an opportunity to interview Torgersen about the incident before his death.

Torgersen initially was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig but then was flown to St. Mary’s. An autopsy will be performed on Torgersen as part of the investigation, according to the news release.

Hume said the investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released after the Sheriff’s Office submits its case to the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Hume said he couldn’t predict how long the investigation will take.

Contact Erin Fenner at 970-875-1794 or efenner@CraigDailyPress.com.

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