Alleged gunman still at large in Parachute |

Alleged gunman still at large in Parachute

Glenwood Springs Post Independent
Vail, CO Colorado
Jared Thomas Burtard

PARACHUTE ” Law enforcement continue to search for a gunman in Parachute.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office said Jared Burtard, 21, had a verbal confrontation with his brother-in-law around 10:17 a.m. this morning.

Burtard then allegedly pointed a rifle at his brother-in-law and left the residence with the loaded weapon. Burtard was last seen leaving the area on foot and was headed out of town into the hills to the northwest on foot.

Burtard is still at large at this time.

The Parachute Police Department is asking citizens to lock their doors and windows, be aware of what is going on in your neighborhood. Call 911 if you have any information.

School facilities in Battlement Mesa and Parachute were locked down as a precautionary measure.

School Superintendent Steve McKee said that around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning he received information that there was a possibly suicidal gunman on the loose traveling on foot somewhere in Parachute.

He locked down all school facilities including the district office, Early Child Literacy Center, Bea Underwood Elementary and St John’s Middle School.

“We just didn’t want to take any chances,” McKee said. “We just wanted to make sure that everything was secure.”

The Garfield County All Hazards Response Team has been called out, said Garfield County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis.

Around 12:40 p.m. a team of heavily armed law enforcement agents wearing green uniforms were seen entering the Parachute Police Department headquarters and then leaving in a van about 20 minutes later.

McGinnis said that if anything like this happens within the city limits, it would be cause to lock down the schools.

Colorado State Patrol confirmed the report.

“They were looking for an armed person walking in the Parachute area who was of concern,” Colorado State trooper Brian Koch said.

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