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Shooting spurs five-hour standoff between man, authorities in Morgan County

Fabian SanMiguel
Posted at 10:07 AM, Jun 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-17 14:51:14-04

MORGAN COUNTY, Colo. — A five-hour standoff between authorities and a 39-year-old man ended Friday evening after a shooting in Morgan County.

On Friday evening, authorities in Morgan County received a report of a stolen pickup spotted at a location on the 17000 block of Colorado Highway 71 in Brush. Deputies with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Brush Police Department responded to the address around 9:15 p.m.

They located a possible suspect, who was identified as 39-year-old Fabian SanMiguel. At the time, SanMiguel had a felony warrant out for his arrest.

When law enforcement attempted to contact him, he fired rounds at them from a semi-automatic pistol. Officers returned fire, and one officer used a bean bag round.

Nobody was injured in the shooting.

SanMiguel was contained in the backyard area of a nearby residence but continued to disobey the officers’ commands to drop his weapon. The Fort Morgan Police Department Special Response Team and a negotiator from the Sterling Police Department were called in to help.

The group talked with SanMiguel for about five hours before he ultimately surrendered and was taken into custody. After he was medically cleared at a hospital, he was transported to the Morgan County Jail, where he is being held without bond.

SanMiguel is expected to be charged with attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer, first-degree assault of a peace officer, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and second-degree trespassing.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is handling this case.