Shots fired at river workers

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— A Steamboat Springs man reported to be upset with a river excavation project behind his home shot at two men working on the project Thursday morning, police said.

Russell Dean Marmon, 45, was arrested on suspicion of firing two shots outside his home at 20 Dream Island Plaza around 11:15 a.m. Steamboat Springs police said Marmon appeared to be intoxicated.

"He (said he) didn't want them messing up the river," said Officer Matt Harmon.

No one was injured in the shooting, which occurred near the Stockbridge Multi-Modal Transit Center.

The city of Steamboat Springs hired Miller Excavating to do the river project, which includes placing boulders in the riverbed to improve fish habitat and creating additional recreation areas for tubers and kayakers.

The project has drawn an outcry from some residents in the Dream Island Mobile Home Community who do not think the city worked cooperatively with them in planning and approving the project.

"Everyone is OK," said Cynthia Ferrendelli, a controller with Miller Excavating. "We had two people down there -- a track hoe operator and a laborer. They saw him shooting toward them. Apparently he wasn't terribly accurate, but they did feel they were under assault."

The two workers told police they saw Marmon fire two rounds at them, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

Marmon was about 50 yards downstream from the workers during the shooting.

"It was a fairly long shot," Fiebing said.

Footprints indicate Marmon fired his weapon from behind the trailer adjacent to his home, according to police reports.

A couple of Marmon's neighbors saw him on the bank of the river after the shooting, Harmon said.

The neighbors -- two men -- didn't hear the shooting, but told police they saw a gun in Marmon's hands and noticed he was visibly disturbed, Harmon said.

Marmon followed his friends inside their trailer and unloaded his gun, a .45-caliber Ruger pistol. He then threw two empty casings in the trash and placed three bullets in his pocket, Fiebing said.

Half a dozen armed police officers traced Marmon's footprints to the neighbors' trailer at 22 Dream Island Plaza and surrounded the mobile home. When Marmon saw officers at the door, he voluntarily walked out and officers arrested him, Harmon said.

Police discovered the bullets when they arrested Marmon. Officers confiscated his pistol and recovered the two empty shells when they searched the trailer.

The two neighbors also walked out at officers' request but were not arrested.

Marmon told police he was unhappy with the project occurring behind his home and would shoot the workers if they returned to the site to continue their work, according to police reports.

Harmon said police did not search Marmon's trailer for more firearms because the shooting occurred outside his home.

Five Steamboat officers and one person from the Routt County Sheriff's Office responded to the incident.

Marmon faces charges of felony menacing, prohibited use of a weapon, illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment.

He is being held at the Routt County Jail without bond and appears in court today.


-- To reach Danie Harrelson call 871-4203

or e-mail dharrelson@steamboatpilot.com

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