On Monday August 14, 2023, at around 10 p.m., the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center received multiple calls regarding shots fired in the area of Highway 94 near Ellicott in unincorporated El Paso County. This area is a new housing construction site.
Deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded and through their initial investigation learned a group of individuals had confronted suspects in the process of stealing materials from the site. When the suspects tried to flee, the individuals fired “warning shots”.
One suspect was detained until deputies arrived. There were no injuries to anyone involved and no indications the remaining unidentified suspect(s) were injured. The detained suspect was identified as 43-year-old Alexander Bordado-Valdes. He was served and released for charges of 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass (misdemeanor) and Theft (misdemeanor).
As this is an active investigation and we will continue to try to identify further suspects. Additionally, the case will be evaluated for potential charges linked to the discharge of firearm(s).
The best course of action when witnessing a crime or suspicious activity is to contact your local law enforcement officials and report the incident. In El Paso County, you call 911 for emergencies or 719-390-5555 for non-emergency situations.