You never know what you are going to find when you respond to a fire.
A man is suspected to have torched his own house and then shot at neighbors, police, and firefighters responding to the fire.
Eugene Martinez, who lives near Durango, Colo., is in a Denver hospital after apparently shooting himself in the face, but charges are pending for the incident. No other serious injuries were reported.
A neighbor noticed a fire on Martinez’s and called 911. Then, he drove his car to investigate the incident, but his car was hit with gunfire, according to a La Plata Sheriff’s Office news release. His car was disabled, and he fled on foot.
A few minutes later, two Southern Ute Tribal Police officers responded to the fire. Both were shot at.
Two patrol cars were shot at as well. In one, the bullet barely missed the officer, who did sustain injuries from glass fragments. She was treated and released from a local hospital.
Another vehicle, a pickup truck driven by a volunteer firefighter, was also hit with gunfire. The driver was not injured.
The sheriff’s office estimates the shooting spree lasted 15 minutes. Officers could not locate where the gunfire was coming from, so they did not fire any shots.
Just before sunrise, police spotted Martinez near the house, suffering from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face. Police say he had several weapons with him. He was taken to a Denver hospital. Information about his condition has not been released.
Police say they expect the charges against Martinez to include arson and four counts of attempted murder. Authorities are not looking for any other suspects in the incident.
Besides his house he burned an outbuilding, a horse trailer and several vehicles.
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Thread: You can never be to careful
12-26-2003, 11:14 PM #1
You can never be to careful
12-27-2003, 08:10 AM #2
Hey, that fire was his primary source of heat!
Glad our brother firefighters were all ok~Kevin
Of course, that's just my opinion. I could be wrong
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