Glenwood Spring Police Department
101 W. 8th St. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Ph (970) 384-6500
TYPE OF CRIMES:
(3) counts of Attempted Murder
Illegal discharge of a firearm
Refusal to leave premises
LOCATION: 1003 Riverview Drive, Glenwood Springs, CO
SUSPECT: Craig Allen Robbins DOB: 07/03/1978
ADDRESS: Same as above
In the morning hours of July 14, 2022, a Glenwood Police Officer was contacted regarding a possible criminal harassment complaint. That issue was quickly resolved. During the conversation we learned that there was a civil eviction in process at the residence listed above. That is a civil matter which is not uncommon and does not require police intervention. Soon after that interaction, we received an emergency call of a shooting at the listed address. The same Officer mentioned above was on patrol in the neighborhood.
The Officer made a U-turn and arrived within seconds. As he arrived, the suspect began firing at him. The Officer escaped injury. His vehicle was struck twice by large caliber bullets. Had he not reacted as quickly as he did, he likely would have been shot as the rounds(s) passed through the passenger compartment and impacted the helmet on his seat. A second officer arrived on an adjacent street, and he was also fired upon.
A victim of a shooting was contacted as he was leaving the area. He was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and remains. Numerous regional law enforcement, fire department and emergency personnel responded to contain the scene.
This was initially reported as an active shooter event. By definition that was accurate, but this event was not what we have come to know as an active shooter. This event was addressed as a hostage/barricade situation. One victim/witness was able to escape unharmed and found shelter with law enforcement. An additional victim was held against her will while the suspect remained in the residence and fired over 50 rounds from at least two different weapons inside and outside of the home.
Negotiators established communications with Mr. Robbins and he eventually surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody.
The witness/victim in the home was safely rescued and distraught to the point where she was unable communicate and initially provide police with a statement.
Investigators recovered several handguns, a shoulder fired weapon and over 1000 rounds of ammunition. Several homes in the neighborhood had bullets travel through their interior to include striking the box spring of a child’s bed. Stray bullets were recovered from the Veltus park area where a woman and a small child were patronizing the park.
The unique and violent nature of this event affected many in our community. This includes the victims who were physically harmed, the police officers who were very close to being shot and/or killed, the patrons in the park and the nearby residents. Our community should find solace in seeing the overwhelming response and restraint by your highly trained first responders from everywhere within this region. There are too many entities that responded to name individually, but we must extend our gratitude to each of them. We recognize the frustration with the pace by which information was being shared throughout the duration of the critical incident. Our priority will always be to secure the scene, provide aid and evidence collection. As time permits, we strive to provide accurate and updated information. We sincerely appreciate your patience with this process and the impacts this brings to traffic.
BY: Chief Joseph Deras DATE: July 15, 2022
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