Two men were arrested in Hayden on Sunday after police said one of the men fired nine gunshots into the air by a downtown convenience store.
Police said Korby Dean Swant--koski, 40, of Kimball, Neb., fired a 9-mm pistol into the air. He was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and two counts of prohibited use of a weapon.
Nathan G. Reimer, 30, of Cheyenne, Wyo., was driving the silver Honda from which Swantkoski allegedly fired the gun, police said. Reimer was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving without a valid driver's license and felony menacing.
Chris Bray, 21, said he was standing outside the convenience store in the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue with his brother and three friends when the shots were fired. He said a silver car pulled into the station slowly and stopped. Bray said the driver stared at them before quickly taking off down Jefferson Avenue.
"We didn't think much of it," Bray said.
The car returned a few moments later, Bray said. He said Reimer got out of the car and went into the convenience store.
When the vehicle exited the parking lot, the passenger pointed a silver handgun into the air and shot it nine times, Bray said. They drove away heading west on U.S. Highway 40, he said.
The gunshots resulted in num--erous 911 calls and also were heard by Colorado State Patrol Trooper Brian Abbrecht, who was leaving home after his dinner break, Hayden police Chief Jody Lenahan said.
Abbrecht went to the convenience store, where witnesses provided suspect and vehicle information.
Abbrecht stopped the suspects a few miles west on U.S. 40 and held them at gunpoint until backup arrived.
Hayden police officers Daren Falk, Ed Corriveau and Carla Steele assisted Abbrecht with the arrests.
Abbrecht said Swantkoski and Reimer were highly intoxicated.