Crime Briefs: A shot rang out … trouble followed |

Crime Briefs: A shot rang out … trouble followed

No one was hurt when the gun James Kansas Jr. was cleaning in his home near Parachute accidentally went off, but that didn’t prevent his former employee, Jacob Tarver, from calling 911.

According to Tarver, Kansas was wiping down the gun as if he was trying to remove fingerprints when a shot went into the bed where his wife and one of their children were lying. When he tried to leave, Tarver said he was handed a box of firearms and a backpack of ammunition to take with him.

Kansas, 42, was barred by a protection order from having a firearm.

When police arrived, Kansas’s wife told them the guns belonged to her and denied that anyone was on the bed when it went off. She added that she had handed the guns to Tarver so he could hold onto them until they got a safe.

Kansas was arrested for possession of weapons by a previous offender, a felony, as well as violation of a restraining order, child abuse, reckless endangerment, and recklessly discharging a firearm.


Enrique Barrios-Leal, 35, of Glenwood Springs, didn’t stop when Glenwood police tried to pull him over for going 61 mph in a 35 mph zone on the morning of May 3.

Instead, he made several abrupt turns and then fled on foot, leaving a passenger behind to confirm his identity as the driver. While police were searching the car, which contained two open beer cans and a suspended license, Barrios-Leal’s wife arrived. Her husband, she said, had called her and told her that a friend had borrowed his car and run from police.

She agreed to call the police when Barrios-Leal returned home, and several hours later he was arrested for felony eluding, reckless driving, obstructing a police officer, open container and driving under restraint.


When he called the Garfield County Jail to speak to an inmate on May 2 and was told they weren’t allowed to use that line, Jeffrey Masanz got upset.

According to the deputy that took his call, Masanz, 48, of Rifle, threatened to bomb the jail and said he was coming after the deputy and his family.

When police arrived at his residence later that evening, Mansanz admitted that he’d said “some stuff [he] probably shouldn’t have.” He was arrested for attempting to influence a public servant, a felony, as well as misdemeanor menacing and harassment.


After Parachute police confronted Peter Hild early on the morning of April 30 for putting old license plates on his new Ford Expedition, they began to suspect that he was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

Hild, 52, of Englewood, failed roadside maneuvers and took a voluntary drug evaluation, which suggested narcotic use. A search of the vehicle yielded a bag of syringes and baggies of suspected black tar heroin and methamphetamine.

He was arrested on two felony counts possession of a controlled substance as well as driving under the influence, driving under restraint, and displaying a fictitious plate.

Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.

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