Bruco Eastwood charged in Deer Creek Middle School shooting: 15 counts, including attempted first-degree murder

The shootings last week at Deer Creek Middle School created heroes like Dr. David Benke, inspirational survivors such as Reagan Weber and a troubled antagonist straight from central casting named Bruco Eastwood.

No doubt Eastwood's long history of mental problems will be a part of his defense -- and he's got a lot of counts against which he'll have to defend himself. He's been formally charged with multiple counts of attempted first-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault and child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. And that's not all. Look below to get the complete roster of accusations and more courtesy of the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office:

Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood, 32, was in court today in Jefferson County to be advised of the charges filed against him. Eastwood was arrested by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office last week following the shooting at Deer Creek Middle School in Littleton.

District Attorney Scott Storey announced that the following charges have been filed: • Four counts Attempted First Degree Murder (each a class 2 felony);

• Four counts First Degree Assault (each a class three felony);

• Two counts Childs Abuse Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (each a class three felony);

• Four violent crime counts (sentence enhancers); and

• Unlawful Possession of a Weapon on School Grounds (a class six felony).

Judge Thomas Vance appointed the Public Defenders' Office to represent Eastwood and they have until March 12 at 9:00 to schedule a preliminary hearing.

A motion had been filed with the court requesting that the arrest affidavit be unsealed. The Judge heard arguments from all parties and took the matter under advisement. He told participants he would make his decision in a reasonable amount of time. The affidavit remains sealed.

Eastwood is being held at the Jefferson County Detention Center on a $1M cash bond.

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