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Dillon Valley man jailed for shooting at rowdy teen-ager

DILLON VALLEY – A Dillon Valley man was jailed early Sunday for shooting at some teen-agers he believed were creating a disturbance.

Jaime Legorreta-Gayosso, 26, was cited with felony menacing, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest.

Gayosso was disturbed by three youngsters who were reportedly ringing the doorbell on his Dillon Valley East condominium, then running away, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Gayosso walked out of his unit into the parking lot, brandishing a gun at the teen-agers, said Sheriff Joe Morales. Gayosso fired the gun, shooting above one of the youths’ heads.

“I don’t think it was accidental,” Morales said.

Morales doesn’t know how far above the teen-ager’s head the bullet flew, but that’s almost irrelevant, he said, because the bullet could have hit neighboring condominiums or vehicles passing on nearby Interstate 70.

When deputies came, Gayosso resisted arrest, so much so that Silverthorne police dog Juluka, summoned to the scene along with his handler, bit the man’s thigh twice. Juluka’s handler, Silverthorne Police Officer Gerald Bozarth, ordered the dog to bite, but only after warning Gayosso repeatedly that he would issue that order if Gayosso didn’t stop struggling.

“He was pretty combative,” Morales said. “We think maybe he had been drinking.”

While the bullet didn’t strike anyone, it left the teen’s ears ringing. The 15-year-old boy was treated for hearing loss and pain in his ears.

Gayosso was booked into the Summit County Jail and was still there Tuesday. While jail officers couldn’t say whether Gayosso is an illegal alien, they did say the Immigration and Naturalization Service has issued an order to detain him at the jail.

Jane Reuter can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com.

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