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.
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.