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Sheriff's Office: Man shot by Arapahoe County homeowner was stabbing tires before altercation

Posted at 9:30 PM, Oct 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-04 23:33:11-04

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. – The man shot by a Centennial-area homeowner was stabbing tires on a boat trailer and was armed with a knife and gun when he was shot Monday, authorities say.

Trevor Cecchettini, 43, was arrested after the incident by the Arapahoe County deputies on suspicion of illegal discharge of a firearm, felony menacing and marijuana charges.

The sheriff’s office says the incident in the 14700 block of East Aberdeen Avenue was reported just after 8 a.m. Monday.

Cecchettini was allegedly stabbing the trailer’s tires and was confronted by its owner. According to the sheriff’s office, the homeowner confronted him, but was charged by Cecchettini.

The homeowner went back inside and grabbed a gun as Cecchettini allegedly tried to break into the house. The homeowner shot two rounds through the door, hitting Cecchettini at least once. The sheriff’s office says Cecchettini also fired at the homeowner before fleeing the scene.

But he was pulled over shortly thereafter by a deputy and was taken to an area hospital because of his gunshot wound.

Investigators found two pounds of marijuana, a gun and knife after searching Cecchettini’s car and the surrounding area. They say they believe the incident was random.

Cecchettini was arrested in Casper, Wyoming in 2012 for carrying a concealed weapon, and has an ongoing federal discrimination charge against an oil company in Wyoming claiming he was punished for his “non-compliance with gender stereotypes.”

He is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning and is currently being held on a $25,000 bond.