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Authorities identify man shot at by Greeley police after holding road flare near methanol tank

Posted: 7:09 AM, Jun 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-13 09:12:12-04
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WELD COUNTY, Colo. — The suspect who held a road flare near a methanol tank , prompting a Greeley officer to shoot at him, has been identified.

The incident occurred on Saturday at Missile Site Park in an unincorporated part of Weld County. Just before 9 a.m., Greeley Police Department officers and Weld County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person at the park. Dispatch told the officers that a man had been spotted with a road flare near a methanol tank.

When the officers and deputies arrived, they gave verbal commands, but the man refused to comply. Officers fired less lethal rounds but they were ineffective. After that attempt, a Greeley officer shot at the man.

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The suspect was identified at Stephen Garcia, 54, and was taken into custody and transported to a hospital. Authorities said they are not releasing information on his condition.

He is being held at the Weld County Jail and is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree assault and one count of attempted manufacture incendiary device.

Anybody with information on this incident is encouraged to call Lt. Kevin Halloran with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office 970-400-2837 or Sgt. Ben Endreson with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-400-2870.