Suspected shooter arrested Thursday

Police arrested a Craig man Thursday after they responded to KOA Campgrounds on a report that gunshots were fired.

Jerry Forsyth, 55, was arrested and booked on charges of reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, prohibited use of a weapon, criminal mischief, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Forsyth's neighbor at the campground, James Green, called police after a bullet entered his trailer, shattered two glass shower doors, banked off the corner of a bathroom wall and buried itself into a metal light fixture. Another bullet entered the wall of the trailer's bedroom and deflected into the ceiling. When Green heard the shots, he was sitting on the end of the bed, mere feet from the shattered shower doors and almost directly in line with the bullet that hit the bedroom wall and lodged in the

ceiling.

"That's how people accidentally get killed," said James Green's wife, Maxine.

She said her husband called her Thursday at their home in Grand Junction and told her their trailer had been shot up. Maxine Green said it was a sleepless night for her, wondering about the safety of her husband. James Green lives temporarily at KOA while working as a contractor at the Craig Station Power Plant.

Maxine Green has since came to Craig to be with her husband. She spent the most of the day Monday on the phone with her insurance company, making arrangements for repairs to the trailer. In the meantime, the couple filled the bullet holes with putty to prevent moisture from leaking through. Maxine Green, a hunter who said she's familiar with firearms, is amazed at how much damage the bullets caused.

James Green did not want to comment on the incident. His wife said he likes to keep to himself. And she said he's tired from 12-hour days at work.

The couple did not know Forsyth and Maxine Green said she's sure the shooting didn't have anything to do with her and her husband.

"We didn't know him (Forsyth) or anything, we just saw him when we pulled in," she said.

Forsyth allegedly fired the shots from within his own trailer, just to the north of the trailer owned by the Greens. According to police, the shots were fired from a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com.

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