GarCo sheriff’s officers apprehend shooting suspect
SILT — Shooting suspect Jesus Manuel Miranda Jr. was apprehended by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office early Saturday morning following a more than 12-hour manhunt.
Garfield County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Walt Stowe said officers apprehended Miranda after following up on a report that the car Miranda was last seen in was spotted near New Castle. Stowe said the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office stopped that car near Silt, and Miranda, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was apprehended while the driver fled on foot. The Glenwood Springs Police Department’s K9 unit joined the search for the driver, who was apprehended after a 30-minute search. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office declined to release the name of the driver. At least one gun was in the vehicle at the time of the arrests, Stowe said.
Miranda, 31, of Dotsero, was the prime suspect in an armed robbery Friday which left one man injured.
A female suspect was also taken into custody Friday afternoon in connection with the shooting. Authorities have not released her name.
The shooting occurred at approximately 12:20 p.m. Friday at Tienda Montes, a retail shop located at 925 Green Way in Gypsum’s Dakota Square shopping area. The victim was taken from the scene in an ambulance and was reported to be in stable condition.
According to Jessie Mosher of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses on scene stated that there was an armed robbery resulting in an altercation with one individual sustaining three gunshot wounds. The person was not an employee at the shop.
Miranda was described by both Mosher and Stowe as a repeat offender in both Eagle and Garfield counties. He has pleaded guilty to multiple felonies including possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance and escape attempt from a felony conviction. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said he was convicted of a sex offense when he was a minor and has pleaded guilty for failure to register as a sex offender twice. On Aug. 18, 2015, Miranda turned himself in to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office for a warrant for third degree assault and disorderly conduct. He posted bond and is currently going through the court process in that case, a sheriff’s spokesperson said.
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