Grand County sheriff shoots burglary suspect
TABERNASH — Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin shot a man suspected of burglary early Tuesday at Snooty Coyote Liquors, according to a press release from Moffat County Sheriff KC Hume, who is handling public information for the incident.
The suspect, who is expected to live, was identified as 20-year-old Connor James MacLaird, The press release said Schroetlin was on scene because he and the police dog he handles had been asked to help locate the suspect.
“Sheriff Schroetlin discharged his handgun at MacLaird when MacLaird refused to drop a knife he was brandishing at the officers while he advanced toward their location,” the release said.
MacLaird, who was airlifted to St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, had lived in Grand County since December 2014.
MacLaird had not been arrested or charged with a crime as of Tuesday afternoon, according to the release.
The 14 Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the Colorado State Patrol, the Granby Police Department and the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department are all involved in the investigation.
None of the officers was harmed.
Schroetlin placed himself and the three deputies on paid leave pending the investigation. Undersheriff Wayne Schaffer is acting sheriff.
A man who says he was in Tabernash early Tuesday reported that at about 1 a.m. he was awakened by a flashlight shining in his window. He wrote in an email to the Sky-Hi News titled “Shooting at Fireside in Tabernash” that he got dressed and stepped outside but was told by one of the several officers present to get back inside, which he did.
He wrote that he continued to watch out his window and saw officers approach an apartment at the other end of the hall with their weapons drawn. He then heard glass breaking and officers yelling, “Show me your hands!” several times, followed by what he described as four quick gunshots.
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