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Man arrested in Superior after shooting a gun into the air in the direction of construction workers, officials say

A 30-year-old man was arrested Monday after officials said he shot a gun into the air in the direction of construction workers in Superior.

No injuries have been reported.

John Terrell Wilkins will face charges of one count of attempted first-degree murder, four counts of felony menacing, eight counts of reckless endangerment and one count of prohibited use of a firearm, according to a news release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office.

About 9:46 a.m. Monday, the Boulder County Regional Communication Center received a phone call from someone who reported a person was outside and possibly shooting a gun into the air near construction workers around the 2200 block of Buttercup Lane in Superior, the release stated. The person who reported the incident said they did not believe anyone had been shot and the person had gone back inside their residence.

Deputies and other law enforcement officers who responded to the area began closing roads and establishing a perimeter around Wilkins’ residence and began attempts to contact him. About this time, at 11:41 a.m., town officials emailed residents warning about “ongoing police activity” near downtown.

About 1:30 p.m., deputies were able to contact him and arrest him without incident and without injuring him or themselves. He was taken to the Boulder County Jail.

The town of Superior sent an email around 2 p.m. alerting residents that the situation had been resolved and that roads were reopening.

While the investigation into the incident is still ongoing, the release stated on-scene interviews revealed Wilkins might have been upset with construction in the area and might have possibly pointed a rifle in the direction of construction workers. At this point in the investigation, it appears the suspect then fired the rifle in the direction of the construction workers but did not strike anyone.

Detectives with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office have obtained a search warrant for the residence.

Since the investigation is ongoing, a booking photograph of Wilkins was not released Monday.

Other agencies that responded to the incident include Louisville Police Department and the Boulder Police Department along with members of the Boulder County, Boulder and Longmont police SWAT teams, Boulder Emergency Squad and the Mountain View Fire Protection District.

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