Daylong valley manhunt ends in arrest
BASALT A Snowmass Village man was arrested after a manhunt Saturday for squeezing off several shots from a handgun and disrupting a Basalt neighborhood earlier in the day.Noe Del Val Alvarez of Snowmass Village was charged with illegal discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and a prohibited act with a firearm, Basalt Police Sgt. Joe Chavira said.The gunfire erupted outside the Pine Ridge condominium complex on Original Road shortly after 10 a.m. when a family feud apparently turned ugly, Chavira said. Alvarez and his brother were apparently arguing with their father, who lives at Pine Ridge.”At this point we’re still trying to figure out what occurred,” Chavira said.No one was injured, but neighbors were rattled. The shots were fired into the pavement outside of the father’s condo. At least one round hit the condo building, according to Chavira. Several neighbors called 911 to report the incident.Chavira said police found shell casings from a .45 caliber handgun, so the shots had to be loud.The two brothers fled the scene before police arrived. Chavira said he had the men’s names and a vague description that the two Latino men fled in a white truck. Other agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley were advised to be on the lookout for that truck.Police throughout the valley were checking white trucks for the suspects early in the day, but the sheer number of vehicles made the job difficult, Chavira said. Basalt police later concentrated on checking addresses where they thought they might find Alvarez and his brother.
Police received their break at about 7 p.m. when a citizen reported a while pickup driving erratically on Brush Creek Road to police dispatchers. The pickup was tailed and stopped by Snowmass Village officers for probable cause of driving under the influence of alcohol.The driver wasn’t cooperative with police, according to Chavira. “There was some fishy information about the name that was given,” he said.The passenger in the pickup identified himself as Noe Del Val Alvarez and the connection was made to the shots fired in Basalt, Chavira said. The arresting officers also saw a handgun in the truck, he said. The truck and its contents were impounded.Alvarez was booked into Eagle County Jail, Chavira said. The man’s age wasn’t available.The driver of the pickup was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional information was unavailable Saturday night.Chavira said even after he questioned Alvarez it was uncertain what the fight with his father was about. The pistol was discharged in anger after an argument, he said.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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