Rental dispute leads to shooting in Weld County

Rental dispute leads to shooting in Weld County

A Weld County man is being investigated on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting at a tenant over a failure to pay rent.

Brian Fletcher, 51, of Keenesburg, was held Thursday at the Weld County jail on suspicion of crimes including second-degree assault, menacing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Brian Fletcher

Deputies responded about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to a reported shooting in the 1900 block of Weld County Road 55, about 5 miles south of Keenesburg.

Whitney Moore, 67, called 911 to report the shooting. She told deputies that her husband, Fletcher, had a dispute with Richard Warsaw, 64, who lives in a trailer on their property but had stopped paying rent, according to a news release.

“Moore told deputies her husband was agitated about an incident the day before in which he
confronted Warsaw about the unpaid rent while armed with a revolver,” the release said. “Fletcher pointed the weapon at Warsaw from a distance of about 2 feet. Warsaw simply slapped the gun away.”

About 3 p.m. Tuesday, Fletcher left the house and returned about 15 minutes later, telling Moore to call 911 because “he had just shot a man while doing target practice,” the release said.

Warsaw, however, told deputies that he was working on his trailer when Fletcher “pointed a revolver at him, told him to get off the property and then started firing,” according to the sheriff’s office.

Warsaw ran and took cover behind a large steel storage container, according to the release. Roger Skeers, 55, a friend of Warsaw’s, was inside the storage container when shots were fired. A bullet ricocheted and hit Skeers in the abdomen. The bullet didn’t break the skin, and Skeers sustained a minor injury, the release said.

Fletcher was held Thursday on $150,000 bail.

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