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Man reportedly holding road flare shot by Greeley police, charged with attempted murder and assault

The officer-involved shooting occurred in Missile Site Park in unincorporated Weld County.
Credit: Weld County Sheriff’s Office
Stephan Garcia

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A man who reportedly was standing near a methanol tank with a road flare in his hands is being held at the Weld County Jail after a Greeley police officer shot him after he refused to comply with verbal commands and didn't respond to non-lethal force. 

That’s according to a news release from the 19th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team, which is investigating the police shooting per department protocol.

The incident happened just before 9 a.m. on Saturday in Missile Site Park in unincorporated Weld County, the release says.

Police said officers initially tried to fire less-lethal rounds at the suspect, 54-year-old Stephen Garcia, but they were not successful.

Garcia's condition has not been released. He is being charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of attempted first-degree assault and one count of attempted manufacture incendiary device.

The release did not identify the officer involved.

Anyone in the community with information about the incident is asked to call the Weld County Sheriff’s Office at 970-400-2837.

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