Steamboat man arrested after scuffle with police


— Police arrested a Steamboat Springs man on suspicion of six counts of felony assault after officers say he injured one officer’s elbow, kicked another in the groin and spit in the face of a third as he was being arrested Saturday night during the first Free Summer Concert Series of the season.

Police Sgt. Scott Middleton said the confrontation started after concertgoers at the Steamboat Ski Area called police to report a highly intoxicated man. Officers caught up with Gamble Scott Hall, 27, and attempted to arrest him for violating a protection order that prevents him from drinking alcohol.

Middleton said Hall then started fighting with officers, punching and kicking at them. He said three of the four male officers who worked to detain Hall were attacked during the arrest.

Middleton said the most serious injury was sustained by an officer who was treated at Yampa Valley Medical Center for an elbow injury that required a sling.

He declined to identify the officers involved.

Hall was arrested on suspicion of six counts of felony second-degree assault, and for violating a protection order. He remained in custody at Routt County Jail on Monday night.

Hall has a lengthy arrest record, according to Steamboat Today archives. He was arrested in September on suspicion of violating bond conditions, second-degree assault, and resisting arrest. In August, he was arrested on suspicion of violating a protection order and twice on violating bond conditions.

In June 2011, he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, resisting arrest, child abuse, third-degree assault, theft, criminal mischief, and possession of a Schedule 4 drug.

In March 2011, he was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing.


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 10 months ago

No mug shot? He's clearly a miscreant of the first magnitude - we ought to know what he looks like.


Scott Wedel 4 years, 10 months ago

His mugshot should be on file at newspaper from any of the previous arrests.

This sort of story is disturbing because it shows someone consistently unwilling to follow the law by being a menace to others and yet was somehow allowed to roam freely Oh well, at least this time he is probably going away for a while without further abusing a child or others.


jerry carlton 4 years, 10 months ago

With all the charges he has accumulated now, even after the plea bargains, should be good for at least 10 years in state prison, unless the judge lets him bond out again. Then he will probably flee the state.


Deb Hall 4 years, 10 months ago

Everyone get your pitchforks! Did you ever think that there might be another side to this story? Maybe there is no photo because he was beat up worse than the police? One guy with four police officers? It's easy to pile on a one-sided story. The Steamboat Pilot should be better than just a megaphone for the police agenda. Gamble has been acquitted in court of many of these "arrests." The article doesn't mention that. Gamble is a loving, kind and talented individual that is struggling with an addiction and in a problem relationship. It is wonderful if your readers have never had any problems or challenges that they have had to deal with. If state prison is where Colorado puts their people with problems, it must have a pretty hale prison system, and I am glad I don't live there. Maybe the charges listed here are trumped up because someone on the police force doesn't like him? These charges do sound like some kind of miscreant. The problem is that they just aren't true. Gamble is guilty of one thing, addiction and he is struggling with it. He goes to meetings and works. Too bad he can't get more support.

The Steamboat Pilot would serve the community if it did a little investigative reporting. How are the local police trained? (four officers, really??? and one has a sore elbow?) Is the training adequate? Do they know how to deal with addicts appropriately? The Pilot might also look into how many charges police bring for resisting arrest, assault, etc.? Is it greater than the national average?

Or, let's get our pitchforks and have us a hangin....(I can't believe these comments.) Maybe the Pilot should look a the local educational system while they are at it.....

Or maybe they are just too busy creating controversy so they can sell newspapers. This doesn't sound like the America I remember where you were innocent until proven guilty. Everyone should be arrested for getting drunk once in Steamboat Springs.


jerry carlton 4 years, 10 months ago

Right, I am the police department and I am going to set this guy up and beat him up just for the fun of it. What better place than a public concert with 3,000 or 4,000 witnesses. What is a hale prison system? If this guy is such a sweetheart, when he bails out again you should move him to where ever you life and put him up with you and get him on the straight and narrow. Oh, he can not leave the state if he is on bond. So much for that idea


Brian Kotowski 4 years, 10 months ago

Deb -

His rap sheet belies the picture you paint of a loving choirboy. Despite your whining about the charmed lives of those who've weighed in here, I'm sure we've all had our share of "problems or challenges" - they just don't happen to include arrests for burglary, felony assault or child abuse. You and the choirboy should thank the SPD that he didn't wind up in ICU for an extended stay - your incredulity re: "four officers, really???" spotlights an abslolutely breathtaking ignorance: the officers' superior numbers enabled them to control the loser without inflicting grievous injury. As opposed to a lone civilian like me and many of the men I know, who would have not have exhibited similar restraint had we been his target. You ought to be grateful the cops left him intact to implement his stupidity in the future, but that requires a level of common sense that appears to be absent in your world.

You say you're glad you don't live here. On that point, we are in complete agreement.


john bailey 4 years, 10 months ago

spot on sep. we have enough nuckles heads in these part already. now if the rest of em can put down the fireworks and wait till this dry spell passes . it would be greatly appreciated. happy 4th ya'll.


Deb Hall 4 years, 9 months ago

Brian, As I said, the "rap" sheet includes items that he was acquitted of (check it out). I hope that innocent until proven guilty still stands, and I hope you never have a problem with the police....


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