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
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
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
Charges are also pending against the car’s driver, Lori
No Larimer County officials were injured in the encounter.