Man who Greeley police say shot another man while driving on U.S. 34 due in court |

Man who Greeley police say shot another man while driving on U.S. 34 due in court

Tommy Simmons
Ivan Grimaldo

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Ivan Grimaldo, 29, accused of shooting at another driver on U.S. 34 who had two children in the car, is charged with attempted murder and illegally discharing a firearm. He is scheduled to appear in court 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.

A man police believe shot a fellow gang member in April as the two men were driving next to each other on U.S. 34 is scheduled to appear in court today.

Ivan Grimaldo, 29, was charged Tuesday with attempted murder and the illegal discharge of a firearm. Those charges are in addition to felonies he faced previously, including motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding and attempted second-degree assault on a police officer. His bond was set at $175,000.

The list of charges stems from a mid-April incident in which police said Grimaldo shot at Matthew White, who was driving on U.S. 34 with his son and stepson, both minors, in the car.

According to an affidavit for his arrest, recently made public, on the morning of April 15, White drove to the Island Grove Apartment complex in north central Greeley with his son in a white Chevrolet Malibu to pick up his stepson. He later told police that’s when he first noticed a white Chrysler 200 following him, and he said at first he believed it was an unmarked police car. Officers later identified Grimaldo as the car’s driver.

Grimaldo continued to follow White as he headed for Loveland on U.S. 34. Not far after the highway’s intersection with Colo. 257, police believe Grimaldo pulled alongside White and fired multiple rounds at the car. One of those rounds went through the driver’s side door and struck White in the calf. The wound wasn’t fatal, and when White arrived at North Colorado Medical Center’s emergency room not long before 11:30 a.m., doctors declined to remove the bullet from his leg.

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Police believe White and Grimaldo, an admitted member of the same gang as White, knew each other before the shooting, according to the affidavit.

When officers met White at the hospital, according to the affidavit, he “would only provide basic information” because he is an “admitted gang member.” Still, he told police he’d had a car stolen a few weeks prior, and he alluded to the fact that the person who stole his car may have been the person who shot him. The car White reported as stolen was not the one police said Grimaldo drove during the shooting.

When police researched the report White made March 24, they found he told Evans police officers he believed Grimaldo may have committed the crime. In that same report, White said Grimaldo drove past his house in the stolen car, “taunting his family” and then drove away.

It wasn’t the only car police believe Grimaldo stole. The affidavit stated the car he drove during the shooting — the Chrysler 200 — also was reported as stolen.

Officers saw that car three days later on April 18 with Grimaldo at the wheel. As police moved toward the car, Grimaldo rammed the vehicle into a patrol car with an officer inside, the report stated. Grimaldo then leaped from the car and tried to run away, but officers were able to subdue and arrest him not long after. He was arrested and booked into the Weld County Jail.

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