Gypsum resident found dead after fleeing arrest for embezzlement
A Gypsum resident reportedly committed suicide Thursday after he was caught allegedly embezzling money from a sporting goods store in West Vail.
The saga began when Vail police were dispatched to Gart Brothers in West Vail for a report that one of their employees was involved in a “charge-back” scheme, an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office news release said.
The store’s management told police that Timothy James McCall, 21, of Gypsum, was crediting his charge card with items from the store. In all, around $2,000 was allegedly embezzled.
A Vail police officer was led to the back, where McCall was waiting in the manager’s office.
After being interviewed by the officer, McCall reportedly confessed to the crime and was told he would be placed under arrest.
McCall next asked if he could use the bathroom. The officer accompanied McCall to the bathroom, but McCall left the bathroom, ran out of the store and got in his car in the store’s parking lot. An officer tried to get McCall to get out of the car, but McCall refused and drove away.
Although there was no high-speed pursuit by Vail officers, Avon police spotted McCall’s car speeding westward on Interstate 70. Eagle County sheriff’s deputies soon spotted McCall as he exited the highway at the Gypsum exit around 12:45 p.m. Thursday.
Once McCall’s vehicle was located outside his apartment on Jules Drive in Gypsum, deputies noticed fresh footprints in the yard. They knocked on the door but there was no response.
The apartment’s management then let the deputies into the residence, where they found McCall with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. No gunshots were heard by responding deputies, the sheriff’s department reported.
The Eagle County coroner pronounced McCall dead shortly after 3 p.m. on Thursday.
Aside from identifying McCall, Eagle County Sheriff’s Capt. Ken Wilson declined to comment on the incident.
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