Report: Officers responding to burglary when Tabernash shooting occurred |

Report: Officers responding to burglary when Tabernash shooting occurred

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TABERNASH — Authorities were responding to a report of a burglary at Snooty Coyote Liquors when Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin, three sheriff’s deputies and a Fraser-Winter Park officer responded and ended up shooting the suspect.

The officers, including Schroetlin, shot the man because he was brandishing a knife “as he advanced,” according a prepared statement released by the 14 Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

The DA’s office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are looking into the shooting.

The suspect’s identity has not been released.

None of the officers were harmed. The suspect was flown from the scene by an air ambulance.

Schroetlin placed himself and the three deputies on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. Undersherriff Wayne Schaffer is acting sheriff during the investigation.

A man who says he was in Tabernash early this morning reported that at about 1 a.m. Tuesday, he was awakened by a flashlight shining in his window. He wrote in an email to the Sky-Hi News titled “Shooting at Fireside in Tabernash” that he got dressed and stepped outside but was told by one of the several officers present to get back inside, which he did.

He wrote that he continued to watch out his window and saw officers approach an apartment at the other end of the hall with their weapons drawn. He then heard glass breaking and officers yelling, “Show me your hands!” several times, followed by what he described as four quick gunshots.

He wrote that the incident occurred in Unit 2.

This story will be updated.

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