Gypsum fight turns into ‘all-out brawl’ |

Gypsum fight turns into ‘all-out brawl’

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado – The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate an early Saturday morning fight that involved more than 20 people and left one man with life-threatening head injuries.

The Sheriff’s Office responded to the fight, at 1630 Spring Creek Rd. in Gypsum, Colorado, at 2:20 a.m. Saturday to find 20 people at the scene where a fight had reportedly just happened.

One victim, a 23-year-old man from Gypsum, was transported to the Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs with life-threatening head injuries – the man’s identity and injury status were still unknown as of Sunday night. He was later transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.

Another 21-year-old Gypsum man was treated and released from the hospital with non-life-threatening facial fractures, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement released Saturday.

Deputies interviewed more than 20 people involved in the fight, including males, females, adults and juveniles, from upvalley and downvalley. The cause of the fight is still unknown, but witnesses called the fight an “all-out brawl,” according to the statement.

Deputies arrested a 16-year-old male from Edwards on Saturday night and charged him with felony assault with a deadly weapon, a class-three felony. He was transported to a juvenile holding facility in Denver and is being held until he can appear in district court, said Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly.

The 16-year-old admitted to striking a man with a stick and breaking his face, Cordingly said in an e-mail statement Sunday.

The Sheriff’s Office has another suspect in the assault on the man with the serious head injuries and is continuing an investigation.

“More interviews and collection of evidence are continuing,” Cordingly said. “There is no update on the condition of the victim with the head injury in the hospital in Grand Junction.”

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