Frisco residents awaken to gunshots
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.
No injuries were reported.
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.
Frisco Heights is an enclave of unincorporated Summit County surrounded by the town of Frisco. The entrance is opposite the School Road access to Summit Middle School.
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 sheriff’s Capt. Joe Wray, who was the incident commander.
The commotion began about 2:30 a.m. Thursday when a Frisco police officer on routine patrol near the Lake Point Condominiums 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, attempted to pinpoint the area from which the shots were coming. About 35 minutes later, they were able to locate the house after hearing a second round of gunfire.
Officers secured the perimeter of the home and called the county’s SWAT team in for backup.
The nine-member team arrived on scene about 5:20 a.m. and attempted to make contact with the residence by telephone, but several calls went unanswered, Wray said.
Next, a negotiator tried using a bullhorn to make contact from the outside while a team entered the home.
“There was a duty for us to go into the house and make sure nobody needed medical attention,” Wray said.
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.
The county’s emergency preparedness network (EPN), which is a reverse 911 system, was activated about 5:30 a.m., asking residents within a five-block area to stay in their homes and away from the windows.
“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?'”
Smith said she didn’t hear the gunshots, but reported that her neighbor heard what sounded like a staple gun.
Neill Thomas, another Mountain Pines resident, heard the shots and said he thought they were coming from a pistol, but wrote it off as somebody trying to scare away a bear.
“Up here 15 years, you don’t expect to hear (gunshots),” Thomas said.
Wray wasn’t sure what time he ordered the EPN system to be
triggered, but said it did take some time to sort out the address of Rock’s home because residences aren’t clearly marked.
The address was needed so dispatchers at Summit County Communications Center could trigger their system that makes the phone calls.
The sheriff’s statement indicated that Rock appeared to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of his arrest, but his blood alcohol level was not on record at the jail Thursday afternoon.
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.
Wray said the SWAT operation went smoothly.
“Anytime the citizens are OK, the police are OK and everybody goes home OK ” that’s what we hope for. That’s the best-case scenario,” Wray said.
Rock’s gun was confiscated. Its potential return will be decided during a court hearing.
Regardless, it’s going to take a while for the woman who woke up to a bullet in her house to sleep easily again.
“I thought we were safe here, but I’m starting to question what’s going on in this little town,” she said. “Had it been our bedroom, we’d be dead.”
Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 229, or at
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