WELD COUNTY, Colo. — Deputies are investigating a strange early-morning incident that started as a report of a shooting that led to an attempted break-in and a house fire, the Weld County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.
Deputies were sent to the 33000 block of Highway 392 in Gill, about 20 miles northeast of Greeley, on a possible shooting about 3:30 a.m. The man who called 911, later identified as 27-year-old Aron Miramontes, said he had been shot.
When deputies arrived, they found Miramontes was trying to break into his neighbor’s house.
“His actions suggested that he was apparently high on an unknown substance,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Miramontes had not been shot and there were no weapons, the sheriff’s office said.
While trying to gain control of the situation, deputies learned Miramontes’ house was fully engulfed in flames. Fire crews were dispatched and brought the blaze under control. It’s not known how the fire started.
Miramontes was taken into custody and booked into the Weld County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, first-degree attempted criminal trespass, fourth-degree arson and criminal mischief.
No injuries were reported.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-356-4015 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.