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Steamboat police arrest man suspected of firing bullet through neighbor’s bedroom wall while intoxicated

Scott Franz
Michael Amendt

— The Steamboat Springs Police Department on Friday arrested a man who is suspected of firing a .45-caliber bullet through his neighbor’s bedroom wall while intoxicated.

The arrest of Michael Amendt, 23, on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm marks the second time this month someone has been arrested in the city for allegedly firing a gun inside a residence and placing a bullet dangerously close to others.

It follows the arrest of another Steamboat man who is suspected of firing a bullet through his bedroom wall Oct. 1 and into the back of an SUV driven by City Attorney Tony Lettunich.

Neither gunshot case resulted in any injuries.

A search warrant filed in Routt County Court reveals how police arrived at the suspect who most recently was arrested.

Amendt is suspected of firing a gun in his roommate’s bedroom at the Eaglepointe Townhomes off Hilltop Parkway on Sept. 20.

One of Amendt’s neighbors on that date heard a loud pop that sounded like a gunshot at about midnight.

The neighbor did not report the noise to police at the time because he wasn’t certain it was a gun being fired or if it was something like fireworks.

But on Sept. 25, the neighbor discovered what appeared to be a bullet holes in the wall and ceiling of his downstairs guest bedroom and called police.

Police eventually pulled a .45-caliber bullet out of the ceiling.

Police had determined the bullet likely came from a neighbor’s bedroom that shared a common wall, according to the warrant.

While investigating in the room where the gunshot was thought to have originated from, police discovered what appeared to be a freshly patched hole in the wall and bullet casings in the room.

Upon further investigation, police determined Amendt was the only one of three roommates who was home in the residence at the time the gunshot was heard.

Amendt told police he was celebrating his birthday and “may have drunk more than he usually does,” according to the search warrant.

He denied firing a gun in his roommate’s bedroom.

When police told Amendt they thought he was the one who fired the weapon, Amendt “replied he had been very intoxicated and couldn’t remember what he did that night.”

In the search warrant, police described how they had been called to a noise complaint at the townhome building about an hour before the gunshot reportedly was fired.

Police did not talk to Amendt that night, but an officer investigating the noise complaint reported he had heard Amendt talking on a balcony about how “drunk and high he was and how we was going to shoot his roommate’s guns.”

Police initially issued Amendt a municipal citation for discharging a firearm within city limits.

On Friday, police executed a search warrant of the property and found a Springfield rifle and .45-caliber ammunition.

Amendt was arrested later that day on suspicion of illegally discharging a firearm, a felony charge.

He was released from jail on a $2,000 bond.

Reached by phone Tuesday and asked if he would like to respond to the allegations, Amendt said he was in class and wanted to talk to a lawyer before speaking to the media about his arrest.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 4.

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