Man Shot by Montrose Police Officer Is Identified

07/16/14 | By | More
MICHAEL LEROY YATES (Courtesy photo)

MICHAEL LEROY YATES (Courtesy photo)

 Michael Yates Booked Into Jail Following Shooting

MONTROSE — The man shot by a Montrose Police officer early Monday morning has been identified as 19-year-old Michael Leroy Yates of Montrose.

Yates is accused of threatening a veteran Montrose Police officer with a shotgun early Monday morning and was shot during the incident. He suffered a gun shot wound and was taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital. Following surgery Monday Yates was booked into the Montrose County Jail Tuesday afternoon on a $25,000 bond.

Michael Leroy Yates is the cousin of another Michael Yates of similar age, and is not the same man who attacked a girl at Montrose High School on Veterans Day 2008. That Michael Yates is already serving time for attempted murder.

At 12:32 a.m. Monday morning residents of the Paradise Village trailer park, located at 383 South Hillcrest Dr., called 911 reporting a suspicious man trespassing in the area who appeared to be armed. Paradise Village is a well manicured trailer park comprised mostly of retirees.

Montrose Police Commander Gene Lillard said at the time of the call it was not known why Yates was in the trailer park. The person who called 911 said the suspect “did not belong there.”

Lillard said when the first officer arrived on the scene he found Yates armed with a gun that was “not a handgun” but turned out to be a long barreled shotgun.

According to Lillard, Yates then threatened the officer by cocking the shotgun to place a live shell in the chamber, forcing the officer to draw his weapon and fire.

“The initial officer confined the suspect was armed. The officer’s life was threatened and the suspect was shot and taken into custody and taken to Montrose Memorial Hospital for an undisclosed wound,” Lillard said.

According to the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department blotter, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched four minutes later, at 12:36 a.m., to assist in an investigation of a man breaking into vehicles.

Recent police blotter information indicates several thefts in the area over the past week.

Lillard said of the subject, “He was acting suspicious in there and it appeared that [a vehicle break in] was a possibility.”

The 7th Judicial District Critical Incident Team and officers from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are investigating the shooting, which is required when officers use their service weapons.

No officers were injured and there is no word on how many shots were fired. The officer, a veteran of the force, has not been identified and is on leave pending a investigation.

This was not the first time Yates was arrested this year. On March 24 at 9:36 a.m. he was arrested on a warrant in the 62800 Block LaSalle Road. He was 18 at the time.

Yates has been charged with First Degree Assault, Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender, First Degree Criminal Tampering, Felony Menacing, Theft, Protection Order Violation.


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