A suspect has been arrested in connection with a shots fired incident that led to a lockdown of the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland Colo. on Saturday night.

That's according to a Facebook post from the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

The agency says deputies were called to the events center shortly before midnight on Saturday on a report of shots being fired.

While deputies found several shell casings, no injuries or property damage were found, nor have any been reported in connection with the incident. A security hold was implemented while deputies conducted a sweep of the area.

The preliminary investigation indicated that the shots had been fired from a dark-colored sedan, and deputies spotted a vehicle matching that description on Fairgrounds Avenue. They tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped away. A car chase ensued, with the vehicle stopping in Windsor.

The driver then fled on foot, but deputies used a drone to find him hiding in a nearby field, where he was arrested.  A handgun was found in the vehicle, according to the release.

The suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Jesse Valdez of Denver. The release says Valdez was associated with a group that had been involved in several disturbances that night at a mixed martial arts event. According to the release, Valdez was arrested on the following charges:

Vehicular Eluding (F5)
Obstructing Government Operations (M3)
Third Degree Criminal Trespass (PO1)
Driving Motor Vehicle While License Under Restraint - Suspended/Revoked/Denied
The release goes on to say:
Additional charges are pending. Investigators are working to identify any possible vehicle passenger/s who may have been involved with the shooting. Anyone with information or who witnessed this incident is asked to contact Investigator Lance Cartrite at 970-498-5560. People who wish to remain anonymous can also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 or www.stopcriminals.org.

 

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