Update: Zoey Ripple, drunk CU grad shot by homeowner, charged with felony trespassing
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Posted 7:08 a.m. May 30: Many questions remain in the matter of Zoey Ripple, the CU grad who was shot after entering the wrong house -- an incident detailed in our original coverage below. But we've got more answers thanks to Boulder Police's release of an arrest affidavit, seen here, which quotes her as saying that after a night spent drinking, she thought she was at a pal's house until a bullet tore into her hip.
According to the affidavit, Timothy Justice and Doreen Orion were asleep in their spectacular College Avenue home -- an abode described in the affidavit as being in a remote section of Boulder accessible by a road on a steep incline. The property is well-fenced and the surrounding area is covered with rocks, trees and bushes, with only the lengthy driveway allowing access to the residence.
Suddenly, the report continues, Orion heard a noise outside the French door of the master bedroom. She initially assumed an animal was causing the ruckus -- at least until she saw a glowing light and watched as an unidentified person entered through a sliding screen door. The couple ordered the person to leave several times, they stressed to officers, before Orion told Justice, "Get the gun," which was conveniently located in a nearby nightstand. He grabbed the weapon, chambered a round and fired toward the light, striking the intruder -- Ripple -- in the hip from a distance of about six feet.
A bedroom shot from the Realtor.com listing for the Orion-Justice home, which can be yours for $2.75 million.
At that point, Justice switched on the bedroom light to see Ripple on the floor at the foot of the bed, incongruously making a cell phone call. An instant later, Orion dialed a phone of her own, punching in the digits "9-1-1."
Later that morning, the reporting officer spoke with Ripple at Boulder Community Hospital, shortly before she was administered a dose of pain killers to deal with her injury. She told him she thought the Orion-Justice home was just "a step up" from the location of a house party she'd attended earlier in the evening -- an estimate that turned out to be just a little bit off (more on that later). When she entered the home, she said "the same thing I always say when I open a door: 'Hello.'" However, the response she received -- a lot of shouting and yelling -- only served to confuse her, especially since she thought she was with people she knew at a friend's house until the moment she was blasted by Justice's gun. (He isn't being charged with a crime thanks to Colorado's Make My Day law.)
Detectives subsequently interviewed a slew of Ripple's acquaintances, who said she'd attended a house party on Grandview Avenue until at least 10:30 p.m. -- after which she joined a group at a Broadway bar called the Goose. She stayed there until closing time, 1:45 a.m. Then Ripple and company headed to another house party -- this one on the 1100 block of University Avenue, about three-quarters of a mile from the Orion-Justice place -- a distance that qualifies as something more than a step. One friend said she left on foot sometime after 2:30 a.m. He assumed she was walking home, but she never quite made it.
According to the Boulder Daily Camera, Ripple is next due in court on June 15. Look below to see a larger version of Ripple's mug shot and the aforementioned arrest affidavit.
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