Patterson charged with attempted murder |

Patterson charged with attempted murder

From AP and Staff Reports

The man arrested for allegedly firing a gun and arrows at police in Rifle last week has been charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Tobie A. Patterson, 24, was arraigned Wednesday in Glenwood Springs on the charge that he specifically intended to kill a Rifle police officer during the incident at his home on Clarkson Avenue.

He also was charged with nine other counts that he fired two hunting arrows and at least 10 rifle shots at police during the six-hour standoff.

That incident began at about 2 a.m. on Dec. 10, when Patterson allegedly broke into the home of of his ex-girlfriend. He then escaped to the home he shares with his parents. He allegedly fired at law officers from a basement window. When Patterson came out, he was hit by two “bean bag” shotgun rounds, fired by a SWAT team.

In addition to the murder charge, the other charges lodged against Patterson included first-degree assault, two counts of burglary, first-degree criminal trespassing, stalking, felony menacing of police officers, resisting arrest and harassment.

Deputy District Attorney Jim Leuthauser said Patterson also had warrants for violating probation.

Bond was set at $17,250. Patterson’s next court date was set for Jan. 16.

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