Man accused of firing multiple shots into home
A 64-year-old man faces possible charges of aggravated intimidation of a witness and illegal discharge of a firearm for allegedly shooting multiple times into a home with people inside, including a woman from whom he is restrained.
Charles Garcia is alleged to have shot once into the front door, and four times into the back door a few minutes later, at a residence in the 500 block of Arrowleaf Drive in Clifton early Sunday.
Garcia allegedly banged on the door of the residence at 4 a.m., according to witnesses.
Those same witnesses said he was carrying a handgun, and then fired a single shot. Five minutes later, Garcia shot four times into the back door of the home, according to an arrest affidavit from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies who arrived on a “shots fired” call detained Garcia and found four people inside the residence, including an infant. One of the women who was inside the home is protected from Garcia via restraining order, and is involved in a criminal case against Garcia for alleged harassment earlier this month.
“Charles stated twice he had a ringing in his ears and could not understand anything we were saying,” a deputy wrote. “Charles had the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and he had defecated himself.”
Prosecutor Mark Hand on Tuesday described the shooting as a “very scary situation,” and said Garcia was on bond from the prior harassment case. He said the victim in the case is “extremely fearful” of Garcia, and sought a high cash bond in the case.
Mesa County Court Judge Craig Henderson agreed and issued Garcia a $15,000 cash-only bond, and set his next court date for May 23.