Tabernash burglary suspect in custody |

Tabernash burglary suspect in custody

Lance Maggart

Connor MacLaird, suspect in the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store burglary who was shot by Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin during the ensuing on scene investigation, was arrested recently and is currently in custody in Jefferson County.

MacLaird was initially taken into custody on Oct. 4 by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant for probation violation for felony forgery out of Harris County Texas.

On Oct. 6 MacLaird received a series of booking charges regarding the incident in Grand County on Sept. 15. The booking charges against MacLaird are first-degree assault/threaten peace officer, second-degree burglary, theft and misdemeanor criminal mischief. His bond has been set at $20,000.

Officials from the 14th Judicial District District Attorney’s Office explained formal charges have not been filed against MacLaird at this time and the investigation is ongoing. Because the investigation is ongoing officials from the D.A.’s office could not comment on if or when formal charges would be filed.

Similarly no official decision has been made yet regarding whether Sheriff Schroetlin’s shooting of MacLaird was justified. The issue is still being investigated by the D.A.’s Office.

MacLaird, 20, was shot by Sheriff Schroetlin during the early morning hours of Sept. 15 in Tabernash. Law enforcement officials were in Tabernash following reports of a burglary of the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store. During on scene investigations officers located a suspect, MacLaird.

A press release issued by law enforcement shortly after the shooting stated, “When contacted, the suspect advanced toward the responding law enforcement officers. The suspect was allegedly brandishing a knife at the officers as he advanced; the suspect was shot by law enforcement.”

Sheriff Schroetlin was on scene with his personal K9 unit following a request for assistance in finding the suspect. On the scene that evening were three other Deputies from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and one officer from the Fraser/Winter Park Police Dept.

Following the incident MacLaird was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood where he was treated for his wounds.

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