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Man Arrested After Shooting At Garfield County Deputy

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Craig Dance (credit: Garfield County Sheriff's Department)

Craig Dance (credit: Garfield County Sheriff’s Department)

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) – A Garfield County man has been arrested after shooting at a sheriff’s deputy on Monday who was on a welfare check.

Jennifer Kelly with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department said the deputy responded to a welfare check at a residence on West Bank Road, located in the West Bank subdivision outside Glenwood Springs around 4:10 p.m.

“When the Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy attempted to make contact with the resident, the resident open fired, shooting several rounds at the deputy,” Kelly said in a statement. “The deputy avoided being shot by taking cover behind his patrol vehicle, which was struck multiple times by gunfire.”

Kelly said the deputy immediately notified the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center and began to secure the area.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded and residents in a three-block radius were evacuated.

“The Garfield County All Hazard Response Team was able to approach the residence and establish communications with the suspect,” Kelly said.

The suspect, identified as Craig Dance, 61, surrendered without incident.

“I’m thankful no one was hurt and for the quick response from all responding law enforcement agencies. I have a great deal of confidence in the decision making of my deputies in these situations,” Sheriff Lou Vallario said.

Dance is expected in court to hear charges on Thursday.

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