Eagle County police report
Ryan Summerlin June 7, 2013
A burglar entered a Gypsum home on Riverview Road between May 12 and 14, and stole $1,500 worth of frozen fish from a freezer in the basement. The fish belonged to a business that sells halibut and salmon throughout the valley. The front door of the house was unlocked when the theft happened.
A .38 Jimenez Arms pistol worth $159 was stolen from a dealer at a gun show at the Eagle County Fairgrounds during May 11-12. The dealer told deputies that he was under-staffed and only had four people to watch 10 tables of merchandise. He discovered the gun was missing when he returned to Denver.
Armed road rage
Deputies responded to a road-rage incident on Interstate 70 near Edwards May 14. Reports indicated a large man was pointing a gun at someone.
When officers arrived, there were three middle-aged people standing calmly behind their pickup truck, which was stopped behind another truck. The group of three told deputies the guy with the gun was in the car in front of them.
A 51-year-old man and his wife were sitting in the front vehicle. Officers approached cautiously with their weapons drawn and told the couple to keep their hands in sight. They saw an empty gun holster on the man’s hip and a gun was on the dashboard. The woman was upset and crying.
The 51-year-old said he was driving 65 mph in the left lane with the truck’s hazard lights flashing so that his wife could take pictures. A truck came up and tailgated them from behind. He moved into the right lane and the truck didn’t pass. Instead, it started ramming them from behind. The 51-year-old said he was afraid and questioned who would do something like that.
Both trucks pulled over and the 51-year-old got out to meet the 48-year-old driver of the other vehicle. He told the 48-year-old that he had a gun and ordered him to get back in his truck. He said he never pointed the gun at anyone but he felt threatened. When the 48-year-old was back in his truck, the 51-year-old went back to his car and called 911. Dispatch told him to leave the gun on the dash.
Deputies found two pistols inside the 51-year-old’s car. One of the guns was registered as stolen. The man swore he didn’t know. He said he collects guns and bought the pistol from a guy at a gun show. He was arrested for reckless driving, theft by receiving and three counts of felony menacing.
Officer’s noted that the rear bumper of the 51-year-old’s truck was damaged and that the front bumper on the other truck was partially hanging off either side of the vehicle. The 48-year-old driver was cited for reckless driving.