Jan 262011
Authors: Jordyn Dahl, Jim Sojourner

The suicidal man who was shot by police after firing a gun in the direction of officers Tuesday night has been identified as 49-year-old James Scheu, a Fort Collins resident.

Police arrived at the 3100 block of Longhorn Court after responding to a call at 7:34 p.m. from Scheu reporting he was going to kill himself. Scheu also told officers he had multiple weapons inside his home, according to a press release.

Scheu was alone when the police arrived. Officers said they could hear shots being fired from inside the home. The suspect had been drinking and told dispatchers he wanted the police to clean up the mess before his family came home, according to the release.

When he came out the front door, Scheu fired two random shots from a .45 caliber handgun into the air and down the street. He went back inside, still firing the gun, then came back outside and fired more shots, which hit at least one parked car and two neighboring houses.

Officer Carrie Wills, a 7-year veteran of the Fort Collins Police Services, shot Scheu in the buttocks with her patrol rifle when Scheu fired the gun in the direction of an officer.

Scheu was transported to the Medical Center for the Rockies, and his charges are pending.

Wills has been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues, in accordance with FCPS policy.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the shooting to contact Detective Neal Hisam at 970 224-6116.

Assistant News Editor Jordyn Dahl and Managing Editor Jim Sojourner can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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