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Man who allegedly shot ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park is charged.

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A man who allegedly exchanged shots with a park ranger in Rocky Mountain National Park has been charged in federal court.

Daron Marquel Ellis is charged with assault on a federal officer by use of a deadly weapon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Colorado.

The incident happened on Dec. 8, and Ellis appeared in federal court on Monday where he was advised of the charge and ordered to remain in custody. If convicted, the charge carries a potential sentence of 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine, according to a news release.

On the day of the incident, a ranger made a traffic stop at about 10:15 a.m. near the park’s Fall River Entrance on U.S. 34. The ranger exchanged gunfire with a person in the car. The ranger was shot, but a ballistic vest prevented serious injury.

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