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Eagle Co. man cleared of pointing gun at hunters

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” A local landowner was acquitted of threatening two hunters with a pistol and pretending to be a police officer, authorities said.

Two hunters on all-terrain vehicles came near a landowner’s cabin between Red Cliff and Camp Hale last year. The landowner asked his two teenage sons to let the hunters know where his property was and to tell the hunters that they could not drive there, the landowner testified.

The hunters fled and the teens followed them on their ATV. The landowner came out of his cabin and joined the pursuit on another ATV.

One of the hunters testified that the landowner rammed into his ATV. The landowner drew a pistol and pointed it at the hunter’s head, cursed at the hunters and told them to get on their knees with their hands behind their heads, the hunter testified.

The landowner testified that the hunter got upset and yelled threats and that he saw the other hunter move toward a hunting rifle that was mounted on his ATV. The landowner drew his pistol to protect himself and his sons and never pointed the gun at the hunters, he testified.

The landowner was wearing a sweatshirt with a police emblem on it. The two hunters said that landowner opened his jacket and said, “I am the law.”

The landowner said that the two hunters must have seen the emblem and drew their own conclusions.

The landowner put his gun in his holster and escorted the two hunters off of his property, he testified.

An Eagle County jury acquitted the landowner of two counts of felony menacing and impersonating a peace officer last week.

The landowner reacted reasonably and only pulled the gun to protect himself and his sons, said his defense attorney, Bill Schubert.

The landowner “escalated” the situation, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.

“The jury found otherwise and we respect that decision,” Hurlbert said.

BEAVER CREEK, Colorado ” A man drove away from a parking attendant without paying for parking, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man, who had a shaved head, drove a black Pontiac Grand Am to a parking booth and told the attendant he did not have a ticket.

The parking attendant said the man had to pay $30. The man drove away and was not found.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” A driver who failed to strap in his baby’s car seat while driving without a license was arrested, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The driver, 23, stopped and then turned right at a red light, but failed to let some people cross the road.

The man’s one-year-old baby was in a car seat in the back seat. The man said he did not fasten seat belts to it because he was driving only a short distance.

The sheriff’s deputy learned that the man’s driver’s license had been taken away for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The man was arrested on suspicion of driving while his license was revoked, failure to use a car seat and failure to yield to pedestrian in crosswalk.

A friend of the man’s family got the man’s car and took his baby home.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Four cars and three homes were shot with paintballs, breaking the window of one man’s car, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man’s driver’s side window had been broken and a paintball was found nearby.

Pink paint splatters were found on three other vehicles and three homes and none were damaged.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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