Nov 022004
 
Authors: Chris Kampfe, Jesse McLain

On Tuesday the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office assisted the

Colorado State Patrol in a pursuit that began at 9:05 a.m. at the

Windsor exit off I-25, according to a sheriff’s office press

release.

The incident began with a routine traffic stop.

A female was driving a car with two male passengers. One of the

males, Michael John Welch, had outstanding warrants for marijuana

cultivation and possession of a dangerous weapon charges, among

others. The pursuit reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour,

ending north of Wellington at a home at 15274 N. County Road 7.

The suspects entered the home, which had three people

inside.

At 10:15 a.m. a shot was fired from the home, and a man emerged

from the house pointing a high-powered rifle at deputies and state

troopers. An officer fired one shot at the man, striking him in the

chest. The man went back inside the house before he died. He is

believed to be Welch’s father. The Larimer County Sheriff’s SWAT

Team was called in to assist troopers.

The suspects then allowed a 14-year-old male to leave the house

to turn over documents to one of the suspects’ mother. Once the

14-year-old was safe, officials negotiated with the suspects to

release the remaining two hostages from the home. The suspects were

taken into custody at 1:17 p.m. The man who died will be taken to

the Larimer County Coroner’s Office today.

Welch has been on the Larimer County’s Most Wanted List since

Sept. 19.

Charges are also pending against the car’s driver, Lori

Romero.

No Larimer County officials were injured in the encounter.

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