A 27-year-old man is due in court late next month on charges he shot a gun outside an Evans bar and grill in a menacing incident.
About 11:45 p.m. Jan. 29, an Evans police officer was on patrol in the 3400 block of 37th Street when he heard three or four gunshots coming from the 3600 block of 35th Avenue. On arrival, he saw a large group of people crouching down near the front entrance of a bar in grill. As he was approaching, the officer heard another four shots in the parking lot northwest of the entrance. He drew his service pistol and ordered everyone to the ground.
No injuries were reported. An arrest affidavit for the suspect indicates the victim wouldn’t cooperate with police due to the victim’s gang affiliation.
Police canvased the area and found two vehicles damaged by the gunfire. The suspect was identified as a man with distinctive face and neck tattoos. An anonymous tip identified him as Erik Bucio, 27. A witness identified Bucio as the suspect in a photo lineup. Police also reviewed surveillance video at the bar, which appeared to show Bucio flashing a black object in his waistband at another man and signaling for him to step outside, according to arrest records.
In a separate case on Feb. 5, Greeley police arrested Bucio on suspicion of drug charges. Police executed a search warrant on Bucio’s home, finding ammunition that matched the shell casings found outside the Evans bar, arrest records state.
Evans police spoke with Bucio, who agreed to talk without a lawyer present. Bucio changed his story multiple times, according to records, before telling police he was arguing with someone at the bar before going home. He denied displaying or shooting a gun.
Bucio was booked into the Weld County Jail in the early morning hours of Feb. 6, on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, felony menacing and reckless endangerment, as well as drugs and weapons charges. He remains in jail as of Monday afternoon.
Bucio has an advisement hearing 9 a.m. March 31 in Weld District Court.
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