Loma man booked in gunfire incident
A Loma man suspected of shooting at a vehicle leaving his home around 9 p.m. Monday turned himself in to authorities less than a day later, on Tuesday afternoon, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.
Mark Edward Young, 45, 1640 P Road, was arrested around 2:30 p.m. on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, felony menacing, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and illegal discharge of a firearm.
Young turned himself in after speaking with family members, who told him a warrant had been issued for his arrest, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
According to an arrest affidavit, Young accused Nathan Brach, 28, who had been living in the home for about two months, of stealing a camera from him. Brach had just been kicked out of the home.
A friend of Brach’s, Monica Clemons, 29, and Kevin Bonds, 27, helped Brach remove his belongings from the home. After Brach denied taking his camera, Young accused Bonds of taking it. After they argued, Young stepped out of the home and fired a high-powered rifle at the vehicle Bonds and Clemons were in, hitting the rear tire and the rear window as they were driving away, the affidavit said.
Clemons said she was hit with a small piece of metal shrapnel from the impact of the bullet.
One bullet traveled through the rear spoiler on the trunk, through the rear window and came to rest on the inside of the driver’s door. Another bullet hit and flattened the left rear wheel, the affidavit said.
Deputies conducted a six-hour SWAT operation on the home into the early morning, believing the suspect was holed up with a high-powered rifle. Deputies entered the home at 4 a.m. and found it empty.