Trooper Gun Charge

This undated photo provided by the Denver District Attorney's Office shows Colorado State Patrol trooper Jay Hemphill. Hemphill has been charged with felony menacing for allegedly pointing a gun at a driver who was turning near him as he crossed a street near the state Capitol in August. 2021. Hemphill has been placed on leave from his job at the unit that provides security for the governor and the Capitol. In 2007, Hemphill was honored by the patrol for shooting and killing an armed man outside the office of then Governor Bill Ritter.

The Denver District Attorney's Office has charged a Colorado State Patrol trooper with felony menacing while on duty, the office announced Friday. 

Jay Hemphill, 49, is accused of pointing his gun at a driver on Aug. 25 as he crossed in front of her car at 14th Street and Sherman Street. Video footage captured the incident, according the Hemphill's arrest affidavit.

The victim told investigators she was afraid she would get shot, according to the affidavit.

A statement provided by CSP said the agency "respect[s] and defer[s] to the Denver District Attorney’s Office and our judicial system regarding this charge."

"The Colorado State Patrol and its members are here to ensure the safety of all persons and to live our core values of honor, duty, and respect. We take these standards seriously and recognize that the success of our mission depends upon maintaining the trust and the safety of the public we serve."

CSP placed Hemphill on administrative leave after learning the Denver Police Department suspected him of a crime, the statement said.

Hemphill first appeared in court Sept. 8.

Hemphill has worked for the State Patrol since 1995 and at the Capitol in the executive security unit since 1998. 9News reported he received the Medal of Valor for stopping an assassination attempt on then-Gov. Bill Ritter. Hemphill fatally shot the gunman.