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Drunk man ‘mistakenly’ fires gun in hotel, nearly hits woman outside

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Adam David Dietzel, charged with discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and other crimes.

In the rules of gun safety, the first is to act as if a gun is always loaded.

Another rule of paramount importance is to always be sure of your target and what is behind it, according to concealednation.org.

It appears as though a Virginia man violated those rules — and several laws — when he fired a handgun at the Holiday Inn on Leader Heights Road in York Township on Friday morning.

The shot traveled through the hotel and into the rear parking lot, nearly striking a woman loading a vehicle, according to charging documents.

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The alleged shooter, Adam David Dietzel, 25, of the 1000 block of Red Mill Boulevard, Virginia Beach, faces two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and disorderly conduct.

Dietzel was arraigned on the charges and released after posting a portion of $5,000 of his bail. He has a preliminary hearing before District Judge Scott Laird scheduled for Dec. 17, according to online court dockets.

He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Adam David Dietzel, charged with two counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of discharge of a firearm into occupied structure and disorderly conduct. (Photo: Submitted)

‘Manipulating the weapon’

About 5:40 a.m. on Friday, York Area Regional Police were called to the Holiday Inn Express, 140 Leader Heights Road, where victim Tonya Conway said a bullet fired from the hotel nearly struck her, documents state.

Police determined the shot was fired from Room 217, on the hotel’s second floor and arrested Dietzel, the person renting the room.

When fired, the bullet tore through the wooden door at Room 217, across an elevator lobby area, through a wall, then through Room 214 — where a man was sleeping — and finally blasted out an exterior glass window and into the parking lot, according to documents.

The sleeping man, Allen Gray, was awoken by the shot, but there was no indication he was injured.

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During an interview, Dietzel admitted to “mistakenly firing one round from a handgun while manipulating the weapon,” according to documents.

Dietzel, who was renting a room while in town for work, said he finished a shift about midnight and then drank alcohol. Police measured Dietzel’s blood-alcohol level and found it was .180 percent, documents state.

After he fired the shot, he did not report the incident to hotel staff

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Cameron Peak, East Troublesome fires evacuees face hard decisions

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By the time Becky Jensen returned to her home in Poudre Canyon in late October, she hadn’t slept in her bed for 12 weeks.

Back in August, Jensen returned from celebrating her 50th birthday with a two-week hike in the San Juan Mountains as the Cameron Peak Fire ran east down Colorado Highway 14, forcing widespread evacuations that included her cabin a mile west of Rustic.

For the next 2½ months, Jensen camped out in her mother’s basement in Fort Collins with two cats and a dog, even as mandatory evacuations turned to voluntary. 

“I have asthma and pets. It was smart to gather everything together and head to Fort Collins and stay with my mom,” Jensen said as she prepared to return home after evacuations were lifted for the Colorado 14 corridor.

It’s been a long slog, but Jensen considers herself lucky. Her house is still standing and she was able to take refuge with family. Not everyone had that option.

Unlike the 2012 High Park Fire, when the American Red Cross opened a large evacuation center at The Ranch in Loveland, COVID-19 concerns prompted the agency to pay for hotel rooms for evacuees unable to find shelter with family or friends. 

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The Red Cross reported to Larimer County leaders that it has paid for more than 27,000 hotel nights. A family or single person staying in a hotel room for one night counts as one hotel night.

At the peak of Cameron Peak Fire evacuations, the Red Cross housed 1,300 evacuees in 570 rooms spread across 16 hotels and a KOA campground.

That number soared Oct. 22 when Estes Park residents fled the approaching East Troublesome Fire. Through Tuesday, 2,273 evacuees were housed in 1,043 rooms across more than 35 area hotels and two KOAs.

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Hilary and Josh Embrey’s home in Buckskin Heights in Masonville, Colorado was destroyed in the Cameron Peak Fire.

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While the loss of homes is still being assessed, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has reported more than 442 structures have been destroyed within the county.

Of those damaged or destroyed, 209 are homes —  26 are primary residences. An additional 208 are outbuildings and 17 were designated as businesses that were part of the Shambhala Mountain Center in Red Feather Lakes.

Those who lost their homes will be forced to find more permanent housing over the coming days and weeks while they decide what comes next.

Their decisions — depending on the final structure loss from the fires — could both tighten an already stressed housing market and help a hotel industry decimated by COVID-19.

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COVID-19 clears hotel space for fire evacuees

In normal years, hotels in Fort Collins and Loveland would have been hard pressed to accommodate so many evacuees as

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