Shots fired into Rifle home during weekend burglary
RIFLE — Police are investigating a burglary in which multiple gunshots were fired into the home Sunday evening.
Nobody was injured and the residents reported not being at the home, located in the 500 block of East Avenue, during the incident, Rifle Police Sgt. Mike Tyler said. Many of the details, including whether the shots were fired before or after the burglary, remain unknown or have yet to be verified by police. It does appear, though, that the home was targeted.
“We don’t believe it was random,” he said. “We believe it was directed, but we haven’t determined if it was directed at one possible person or a group in [the home].”
At least one bullet went through a window in the front of the house and a second hit just below the window. Property was stolen but law enforcement is withholding specific details because officers are optimistic the items can be recovered. Tyler confirmed that no weapons were reported stolen.
Several leads are being investigated and the Rifle Police Department is working with other agencies to gather additional information and determine if there are possible connections to crimes outside of Rifle.
Those additional agencies include the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, investigators with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and the police departments in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale. Tyler said he could not provide information on the crimes being examined for a possible connection.
“We’re still basically trying to put pieces of the puzzle together,” he said.
Details on why the incident was not reported until Monday also were limited.
A neighbor initially reported what looked like a bullet hole in one of the windows Monday, according to Tyler. Law enforcement contacted three of the residents during a nearby traffic stop shortly after responding to the scene.
The residents told law enforcement that they were aware the home had been burglarized, but Tyler said he could not go into detail regarding why the residents did not contact law enforcement.
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