Suspects Apprehended in Drive-By Shooting Investigation

Montrose, COLO.—The Montrose County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has apprehended two suspects in the alleged drive-by shooting off Chipeta Road on Monday, April 16th. Four shots were randomly fired at multiple residences. No injuries were reported and there is minimal property damage reported from the gun shots. Following the shooting, a vehicle matching the description was located by the MCSO and an attempt was made to contact the vehicle. A short pursuit ensued and then deputies took Mr. Arian Gonzalez into custody on the following charges: Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving, Speeding, Driving Under Restraint, Disregard a Traffic Control Device, Eluding, Resisting Arrest. Mr. Gonzalez bonded out of jail shortly after.

The MCSO Investigations team has worked the past week to bring closure to this case. Following a search warrant of Mr. Gonzalez’s vehicle that was impounded, deputies located the firearm that was suspected to be used in the incident and suspected controlled substance that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine and cocaine. At that time, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he was apprehended on the following charges: unlawful possession of a controlled substance, unlawful distribution, manufacturing or sale of a controlled substance, and special offender. The other suspect, a juvenile, was arrested and is being charged with felony menacing, illegal discharge of a firearm, possession of a handgun by a juvenile, and reckless endangerment.

The MCSO knows a case of this nature is alarming to our community members. The MCSO would like to reassure the public that there is no immediate danger as all parties involved are in custody. The MCSO would like to thank Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers for issuing an alert for tips earlier this week. Though no tips were received, Montrose Regional Crime Stoppers continues to aid the MCSO in other cases with anonymous tips.

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