Man Faces 240 Years For Shooting at Weld County Deputies
A Weld County man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, following a court hearing in which a jury convicted him of 11 different charges, including one count of attempted first degree murder of a police officer. The charges stem from an incident in 2018, in which Iseldo Junior “Shorty” Arredondo shot at Weld County deputies.
According to the Weld County District Attorney's Office, in August of 2018, deputies were called to a domestic disturbance at a residence on "C" Street, located just outside of Greeley city limits. The initial report detailed that Arredondo had threatened property with a baseball bat. While deputies were on their way to the home, Arredondo proceeded to arm himself with a 12 gauge pump shotgun. At this time, his family fled from inside.
When deputies arrived at the scene of the disturbance, Arredondo's wife informed them that the shotgun was only loaded with blanks, and begged officers not to shoot Arredondo.
As deputies struggled to get Arredondo's wife to leave the area, Arredondo stormed out of the front door and opened fire twice, wounding one deputy and just barely missing his wife. The wounded deputy was rushed to the hospital and survived the shooting. In addition, shotgun pellets barely missed four other deputies that were in the area.
Arredondo was also wounded by a return shot.
During his court appearance, the jury convicted Arredondo of one count of attempted first degree murder of a police officer after deliberation, five counts of attempted first degree murder with extreme indifference, four counts of first degree assault on a police officer, and one count of felony menacing. He faces 80 to 240 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 30.
The filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual(s) committed a crime(s) under Colorado laws. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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