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Law enforcement investigates shooting in Egnar

A man was arrested in Egnar for allegedly shooting toward a truck used to check on livestock. (Courtesy San Miguel Sheriff's Office)
Man arrested for allegedly firing toward truck driven by a person checking livestock

A man was arrested Aug. 2 in Egnar after allegedly shooting one round toward a truck whose driver was checking on livestock, according to the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office.

A 17-year old male reported he was driving his pickup to check on his 4-H steer in a pasture on Colorado Highway 141 when a man at a nearby residence gestured at him with his middle finger and appeared to be holding a rock, according to an incident report.

The teenager picked up a male adult friend and decided to try and speak to the man to find out what was wrong, at which point the man went to his residence, returned with a firearm and allegedly shot one time toward them.

The two friends drove away uninjured, and the driver called police. The firearm was described as either a muzzle loader or shotgun, the incident report stated.

Deputies responded, and after an investigation arrested Bernard Henry Pospeck, 63, on suspected charges of criminal attempted first-degree assault, felony menacing, reckless endangerment and violation of protection order that prohibited him from possessing a firearm, according to the incident report.

The teenager driver of the truck reported he spoke to the suspect about purchasing a camper in the past, and said they were on good terms about it.

The investigation and arrest of Pospeck involved deputies from San Miguel and Dolores county sheriff’s offices, along with the Colorado State Patrol. A newly acquired helicopter from the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office also responded.

During the arrest at gunpoint, deputies reported Pospeck did not comply with repeated orders to show his hands and get on the ground, according to the incident report.

A deputy fired a round from a stun gun that struck Pospeck. He fell to the ground and was taken into custody without incident.

A warrant was obtained and executed by the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office on the residence.