Vail Valley shooting victim shot himself |

Vail Valley shooting victim shot himself

Lauren Glendenning
Vail, CO Colorado
NWS Shooting-Maher KA 05-21-10

EAGLE COUNTY – Police have determined that a man who reported that he had been shot Friday night had shot himself.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly said that Michael Maher, a participant in the Eagle County Detention Facility’s work release program, is still recovering from the gunshot wound to the abdomen at the Vail Valley Medical Center and was expected to be released back to the jail on Saturday.

Sheriff’s Office deputies are still determining the charges to file against Maher, but Cordingly said he’ll definitely be charged with false reporting.

“He had given a couple of stories as to what happened,” Cordingly said.

Maher called the jail Friday at 7:39 p.m., just six minutes before he was to report back to the jail for the night, to report he had been shot in Wolcott. Police located him in Avon, sitting inside his silver Toyota Tundra pick-up truck in the parking lot outside vin48.

The county’s work release program allows detainees to use their own vehicles to go to and from work for the day before reporting back to the jail in the evenings.

Maher is serving an 18-month sentence and was scheduled to be released in 2011. The work release program was developed jointly with the courts to be an alternative to incarceration, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement issued Saturday. Participants in the program need a recommendation from the sentencing court, a criminal history review and thorough medical and psychological examinations before they’re determined eligible.

Maher had been on probation for a sex assault charge and had that probation revoked after being arrested for driving under the influence, which is when he received the 18-month sentence, Cordingly said.

Police are looking into possible domestic violence charges against Maher related to the Friday night incident.

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