Fighting between roommates leads to arrest


— A 50-year-old Steamboat Springs man was arrested Tuesday after an altercation with his roommate turned ugly.

John Simmons fired one shot into the ceiling of his residence at 2310 Val D'Isere during a dispute with his roommate, Kerry Lidster. No one was injured.

Simmons and Lidster, 39, struggled with the gun before Simmons gained control of the weapon and fired it, said Detective Bob DelValle of the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

Simmons was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and prohibited use of a firearm.

Lidster left the house after he reported the incident at 8:51 a.m.

Tuesday's mishap was not the first time the roommates have not seen eye to eye. Simmons called police Monday evening to complain that Lidster was being too loud, according to police reports.

Police helped the roommates resolve the situation and drove Lidster to a friend's house, DelValle said.

When Lidster returned Tuesday morning, he and his roommate resumed their fighting.

"He (Lidster) went home, and things seemed to have erupted," DelValle said.

DelValle said Simmons and Lidster argued over a number of things that included bill payments and living arrangements. He did not know what prompted their most recent altercation.

"We won't speculate at this point," DelValle said.

The gun involved in the incident was not the only weapon in the house. DelValle said police confiscated eight weapons that belonged to the roommates.

Simmons was being held late Tuesday afternoon at the Routt County Jail on $2,000 bond.


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