Gunfire rattles Frisco neighborhood
SUMMIT COUNTY – A Frisco woman received a rude awakening early Thursday morning when a bullet ripped through her house and landed on the living room floor in her quiet neighborhood near Dillon Reservoir. “I sat right up in bed,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “It was shocking. There were chips of plaster through the living room and all the way into the kitchen.”The woman lives just under a mile from where the shots were fired in the Frisco Heights neighborhood.The woman’s Lakepoint Circle home was one of two hit by stray bullets after Nathan Rock, 27, allegedly fired several rounds off his 40-caliber handgun from his front porch and driveway at 152 County Road 1040 in Frisco Heights.
Rock told police he had gone out earlier in the evening, drank cocktails, came home and began looking for bottle rockets to fire off. When he couldn’t find any, he picked up his handgun instead and fired several rounds into the air, according to a statement from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.A bullet also hit a home at 162 County Road 1040, as well as the home at 907A Lakepoint Circle, which is in a neighborhood behind Wendy’s and Conoco.”From a handgun, I would not have expected that distance for a projectile, however in this case it did happen,” said Capt. Joe Wray of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.The commotion began at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when a Frisco police officer heard several shots coming from the area. Officers from the Frisco, Silverthorne, Dillon and Breckenridge police departments, as well as the Colorado State Patrol and sheriff’s deputies went to Rock’s house after hearing a second round of gunfire.
Authorities surrounded the home, but several calls to Rock’s house went unanswered, Wray said.Next, a negotiator tried using a bullhorn to make contact from the outside while a team entered the home. Officers found Rock asleep in his bedroom and a Smith and Wesson handgun in the room. Two other people inside – a male and a female – were released after questioning.Using the county’s reverse 911 system, police dispatchers asked residents within a five-block area to stay in their homes and away from the windows eary Thursday.
“I was alarmed,” Mountain Pines resident Susan Smith said about receiving the call. “I started looking outside. I was thinking, ‘Is it a moose? Is it a bear? Is it somebody escaping?'”Rock was originally held on a $2,500 bond on misdemeanor charges of unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment. He posted bond at about 3 p.m. Thursday.Vail, Colorado
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