VIDEO: Officer Rushes In To Save Woman Being Held By Gunman

Holly Matkin

Fort Collins Police Officer Keith Hunter likely saved the life of Joshua Moore's estranged wife, prosecutors said.

Fort Collins, CO – A Fort Collins police officer ran towards gunfire to save a hostage from an enraged gunman in January, bodycam footage showed (video below).

The gunman, later identified as 36-year-old Joshua Moore, died at the scene.

“I’m grateful for [Officer Keith Hunter’s] rapid response to this dangerous situation,” Fort Collins Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said in the video news release.

“I’m also extremely proud of the compassion and professionalism he showed while ensuring the victim’s safety,” Chief Swoboda added. “Not only did he run toward danger, he also demonstrated great care and composure immediately following a traumatic incident.”

The fatal altercation occurred on Jan. 12, after Moore and his estranged wife, Roberta Rivera-Moore, got into an argument over the phone, Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Riedel said in a letter to Chief Swoboda on Wednesday.

The couple had been married for approximately two years, but hand not been living together for about six months prior to the altercation, according to Riedel.

She and her family ultimately left the residence, and returned later to discover that Moore had damaged the interior of the home with a sledgehammer.

Moore was not at the residence when Rivera-Moore returned with her children and friends, but he came back just before 10 p.m. and began shooting at the house.

"There is evidence to suggest that Mr. Moore was, in fact, lying in wait for Ms. Rivera-Moore to return to the residence,” Riedel said.

Fort Collins 911 received seven calls reporting that there was an active shooter in the 2600-block of Bradbury Court, according to the FCPD.

Moore than began forcing his way into the house, at which point the women and children inside managed to escape.

“Ms. Rivera-Moore stated that her children and friends got into a Jeep and fled to the west; however, she ran to the east…in an attempt to draw Mr. Moore away from her children and friends,” Riedel explained.

Officer Hunter arrived at the scene, and saw Moore chasing the female victim down the street, bodycam footage showed.

He ordered the gunman to stop, but Moore grabbed Rivera-Moore, then began firing his weapon.

Officer Hunter fired four rounds at Moore, hitting him all four times in the lower extremities, Chief Swoboda said.

Moore collapsed to the ground and remained still, while his estranged wife began wailing.

Officer Hunter raced to her to ensure she was not physically injured, as at least five other screaming people rushed towards the scene.

Some appeared to be children.

A .45-caliber Glock handgun was found lying beneath Moore’s chin, Riedel said.

Investigators later learned that the weapon was stolen during a 2017 burglary at a Cabela’s store in Thornton, Colorado.

The autopsy and field investigation revealed that Moore fatally shot himself in the right side of his head as he fell to the ground, Riedel said.

His death was ruled a suicide by the Larimer County Coroner’s Office.

Rivera-Moore was not injured during the attack, but one person suffered minor injuries when one of the rounds Moore fired struck a mirror inside the residence, according to police.

On Wednesday, Riedel announced that Officer Hunter’s use of deadly force was justified.

“Based upon the totality of the evidence, I find that Mr. Joshua Moore committed the only criminal offenses during this incident,” Riedel said.

“Officer Hunter placed his life at risk by running towards an armed man who was assaulting and, most likely, attempting to murder a fleeing female,” he continued. “But for the selfless action of Officer Hunter, it is reasonable to believe that Mr. Joshua Moore would have killed Ms. Rivera-Moore.”

“Officer Hunter’s actions were legally justifiable and, by any measure, commendable,” Riedel concluded.

Had he survived, Moore would have faced felony charges, including possession of a weapon by a previous offender, illegal discharge of a weapon, menacing with a deadly weapon, criminal mischief, first-degree burglary, and attempted first-degree murder.

He also would have been subject to habitual criminal designation and penalty, due to his prior history.

You can watch bodycam footage of Officer Hunter’s encounter with Moore in the video below:

Comments (9)
No. 1-7

Good shooting by the officer....nice job under extreme pressure.


Sounds to me this "THIS" particular woman is crying for her abuser WOW!!!!....


I wouldn't expect any less from a LEO. To defend, protect, and rescue the weak and helpless from evil people in this world - sometimes at great and terrible risk to themselves.


Good riddance to violent pond scum. Since the officer’s shots weren’t fatal, I thank the scumbag for saving citizens money and denying some leftist liberal democrat judge from letting him out early or worse.


Cops did a great job


Hat's off to the officer. Very fluid situation and he handles it like a true professional.


Wait? What!? You mean out of everyone in the area that came out seconds after, it was the POLICE who actually did something? Go figure right. And of course we are only appreciated when needed. This girl could’ve or could’ve not been a fan of police, but I can guarantee this, she and everyone there in the area (who didn’t do shit) were fans of the police for that moment. And as a Police Officer myself, I’d like to give credit where credit is due, and that is to this officer. He may not and probably doesn’t care or want to be recognized and that is why I am saying: Good Job Officer, well done. He did his job selflessly and without prejudice to protect that woman regardless of her race or opinion towards the police. That’s we are and what we stand for. So fuck you BLM ACLU and whatever groups who need to use acronyms because you yourselves can’t spell it out or read.