Highlands Ranch, CO

Teen arrested for firing gun in Highlands Ranch faces Adams County murder charges

Heather Willard

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / May 23, 2022

(Highlands Ranch, Colo.) Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies arrested an 18-year-old for allegedly firing a gun while intoxicated in Highlands Ranch at about 7:50 p.m. on May 20.

According to deputies, David Garcia was attending a graduation party with his mother in the 4400 Block of Lyndenwood Circle. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reported Garcia was drinking alcohol provided by his mother and had become intoxicated. While waiting in his mother’s car to leave, Garcia allegedly observed a disturbance outside the vehicle.

Witnesses told deputies Garcia rolled the window down and fired three rounds from a 9mm Beretta pistol into the air.

Two civilians disarmed Garcia and removed the firearm’s ammunition, clearing the weapon. There were no reported injuries. Once on scene, deputies convinced Garcia to unlock the car before they arrested him. Video surveillance of the shooting was collected as evidence.

Deputies learned that Garcia was on probation for a juvenile felony offense out of Douglas County and an adult felony case out of Adams County. Garcia was also subject to two mandatory protection orders which prohibited him from legally consuming or possessing alcohol or possessing a firearm.

Garcia is charged with prohibited use of a weapon, illegal consumption of alcohol, felony menacing, reckless endangerment, obstruction of a peace officer, two probation violations, and disorderly conduct for the Highlands Ranch incident. He is being held on a $50,000 bond.

According to court records, Garcia faces Adams County charges of first-degree murder, aggravated robbery, and a misdemeanor handgun possession as a juvenile.

The charges stem from events allegedly occurring at about 8:30 p.m. on April 25, 2022. His bond for the Adams County case is listed at $75,000, which Garcia posted on April 26, but has been forfeited.

Garcia is scheduled to appear in Douglas County’s district court for the Highlands Ranch charges on May 25.

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