Police officer on paid leave after arrest

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A Steamboat Springs police officer is on paid leave after his arrest Sunday night.

Routt County Sheriff John Warner said Tuesday that Mark Andrew Mackey, 28, was arrested at a Steamboat Springs bowling alley late Sunday on suspicion of harassment and prohibited use of a weapon, both misdemeanors.

Warner said several of his deputies were called by Steamboat Springs police officers to Snow Bowl after Mackey called fellow officers after an argument with his wife.

Court documents indicate the argument began at Mackey's Steamboat II home, where he is said to have pushed his wife. The documents also indicate Mackey was intoxicated and was concealing a gun when fellow Steamboat officers found him at the bowling alley.

Steamboat Springs Public Safety Director J.D. Hays said Tuesday that Mackey has been placed on paid leave, which is a routine procedure in such cases.

Hays said the police department is conducting an investigation and that the Routt County Sheriff's Office is conducting a criminal investigation.

Warner said the Sheriff's Office will handle the case because the incident occurred outside city limits, even though officers first contacted Mackey at a business within city limits.

Hays said Mackey could be put on unpaid leave depending on the outcome of the criminal case.

Hays also said the Steamboat police officers who first responded to the scene Sunday night called the Sheriff's Office "in an effort to make sure we didn't get any special treatment."

"We were made aware of the situation. We're the ones who notified the Routt County Sheriff's Office to get an unbiased investigation that would go to the DA's Office," Hays said.

Mackey posted a $750 bond Monday morning. He is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 11 a.m. today.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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