Teen arrested in Cortez after reports of shots fired Sunday – The Durango Herald

The charges include possession of a firearm by a minor.

The teen was arrested Sunday after the Cortez Police Department received a report of “suspicious activity and shots fired at a vehicle,” according to an alert posted on

The teen was spotted in the Front Row Seat parking lot around 3 p.m. Sunday before he ran away. Sergeant Kurtiss Baumgartner spotted the teen putting something in the bushes near Park Street and Montezuma Avenue.

The teen had an outstanding warrant for his arrest out of Archuleta County and was arrested. Police found a loaded .45-caliber handgun in the bushes and a loaded magazine of .45-caliber automatic ammunition was found in the teen’s pocket.

The teen was charged with possession of a firearm by a minor, obstructing justice, illegally carrying a concealed weapon and making criminal threats, the alert said. He was taken to the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center in Grand Junction.

The teen appeared in Montezuma Combined Courts Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. He appeared before Chief Judge Todd Plewe of the 22nd Judicial District.

The minor read to the court a statement he had prepared, in which he requested release from the youth center due to physical and mental health problems.

He is also grieving the loss of his mother, who died in early July. He has asked to be allowed to attend the memorial service and grieve with his family. His attorney, Kevin Chambers, has asked for GPS monitoring and surveillance as an alternative.

Plewe determined the teen would be held at the youth center without bail and scheduled his return home for 9:30 a.m. July 24 before Judge William Furse. He will also appear at the same time in an unrelated case in Montezuma County.

He was under 24-hour supervision by his aunt, who was named his temporary guardian, in Archuleta County. He has three pending cases outside of Archuleta County and will appear in court on two of them on July 10 at 4:00 p.m. virtually.