CARBONDALE – A Colorado man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Carbondale Police officer in 2016.
According to Carbondale Police, on Jan. 11, the U.S. Marshals Colorado Violent Offender Task Force, which included deputies from Colorado Springs and Denver, as well as Task Force Officers from the Otero County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado Department of Corrections, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, located and arrested 30-year-old Xavier Lewis on an outstanding Jackson County, Illinois warrant. The warrant includes charges of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Deliver Cannabis (less than 5,000 grams) and Cannabis Trafficking.
Lewis, along with others, was originally indicted in Jackson County in 2018 as a result of an investigation after Carbondale Police Officer Trey Harris was struck by gunfire as he and another officer pursued a vehicle occupied by shooting suspects who opened fired on the officers on July 31, 2016.
Lewis is currently being held in the Bent County Jail in Colorado awaiting extradition to Illinois.
The original investigation involved the Illinois State Police, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, the Carbondale Police Department, the Metro-East Forensic Science Lab, the Southern Illinois Enforcement Group, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Salina, Kansas Police Department and the U.S. Marshal’s Service.