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Woody Creek man faces gun charges

WOODY CREEK – A Woody Creek man who allegedly fired a multitude of gunshots from outside his home Wednesday was taken into custody on misdemeanor charges of prohibited use of weapons and reckless endangerment, authorities said Thursday.

Robert Doane, 54, was arrested after what Sheriff Joe DiSalvo described as a “peaceful resolution.”

“I’m really proud of our guys,” DiSalvo said. “Hopefully this guy gets the help he needs.”

Doane allegedly fired several shots from a handgun outside his trailer home at Woody Creek Plaza, according to a statement issued at 6:26 p.m. Thursday.

“Investigation of the scene revealed six apparent holes from gunfire, one of which was located in an adjoining home,” the statement said. “The adjoining home was not occupied at the time of the damage.”

DiSalvo said no one was hurt.

Deputy Jesse Steindler said law-enforcement officers initially reported to Doane’s home at approximately 4 p.m., after some residents called police to report they believed they had heard the sound of gunfire. But deputies’ attempts to contact Doane proved futile, Steindler said.

“We tried to make contact with him, but he would not answer the door,” Steindler said. “We were there to check on his well-being. We could hear him inside walking around, coughing and having a conversation on the telephone. We banged and banged, and he just wouldn’t answer the door.”

Steindler said he and other deputies “knew” that Doane was intoxicated.

“He was upset some folks at the (Woody Creek) Tavern had refused to serve him,” the deputy said, noting that Doane had been on the wagon for some time before Wednesday’s incident.

Steindler said deputies decided to back off the scene, but at 5:30 p.m., deputies fielded another call that more shots were being fired by Doane.

In the meantime, deputies had been in contact with a friend of Doane’s. The friend said Doane had told him that he would shoot deputies if they entered his home, Steindler said.

With that in mind, deputies evacuated residents of trailers near Doane’s, which is located behind the Woody Creek Tavern.

“Our deputies backed off and went about 50 yards away,” DiSalvo said. “He thought they had left, but we were fortifying ourselves.”

“We stayed out of sight, so he was not aware we were there,” Steindler said.

DiSalvo and Steindler said Doane was lured out of the home by a friend of his. The friend was not at Doane’s home at the time the shots were fired.

“He’s a guy who was having a bad month, and it goes to a boiling point, and I didn’t see a point to confronting the guy,” DiSalvo said. “He walked out of the house with a friend and was placed under arrest.”

Steindler said Doane had no idea deputies were in the immediate area when he left his home at approximately 11 p.m., some seven hours after the initial call.

“He was uncooperative and would fluctuate between being belligerent and somewhat complacent,” Steindler said.

The outcome could have been much worse, Steindler said.

“We knew he was aggressive and he was intoxicated. We knew he was armed, and we knew that it could be catastrophic for him, for us or for both of us,” Steindler said.

Doane spent Wednesday night in jail. He bonded out Thursday morning, Steindler said.

Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin, of the Pitkin County branch of the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, said he has not seen the police report of the event. Mordkin said he was involved in helping prepare the search warrant on Doane’s residence, which resulted in deputies’ seizure of two handguns.


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