WALSENBURG, Colo. (AP) – Walsenburg police say a man accused of firing shots in the air after confronting the Huerfano County sheriff has been found dead of an apparent suicide.

Capt. Vince Suarez said Saturday that James Stetler apparently killed himself after police tried to arrest him.

Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman (credit: huerfano.us/sheriff.php)

Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman (credit: huerfano.us/sheriff.php)

Police say Stetler confronted Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman on Thursday complaining about government issues and was chased off the sheriff’s property. Police say Stetler fired four to five gunshots into the air as he left.

Police say they spotted Stetler driving away from his home on Friday and gave chase. Stetler drove home and a standoff began.

Suarez says the standoff ended Saturday when police entered the home and found Stetler dead.

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