Arrest made in Parachute area shooting

Nathanael James Rice of Parachute was arrested Friday in connection with the death of a 30-year-old Battlement Mesa man.

Rice, 26, of 187 Blackhawk Trail, was arrested and booked into the Garfield County Jail at about 4 p.m. Friday on suspicion of felony manslaughter.

His bond was set at $11,000.

Jeremy Caywood died of a gunshot wound from a handgunJan. 14 at a residence in the Parachute area, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department.

Rice and at least one other person were at the residence with Caywood when Garfield County deputies responded to the shooting at approximately 4 a.m. Jan. 14, according to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis.

McGinnis said the department is not releasing many details on the arrest at this point but did say a judge who had been weighing whether to arrest Rice, who was the subject of an investigation into Caywood’s death, decided to pursue an arrest for suspected manslaughter Friday.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario told The Daily Sentinel last week Caywood’s death was being investigated as a homicide, and investigators were trying to determine whether the shooting was an accident or the result of reckless or intentional behavior before deciding on possible charges.

McGinnis did not say exactly what the judge determined about the circumstances surrounding Caywood’s death.

“With any death caused to another in a careless manner, a person can face those charges,” she said.

An arrest affidavit for Rice may be available as soon as Monday, McGinnis said.


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