A manhunt is currently underway in the forest near the Beaver Meadows area near the La Plata-Archuleta County line. The CSP along with U.S. Forrest Service Rangers are continuing the search today for a man who believed to be armed and dangerous.
Sgt. Sam Eggleston of the La Plata County Sheriff's Office confirmed today one man was taken into custody Friday. Eggleston did not provide the man's identify or the identity of the man still on the loose.
A Colorado State Patrol spokesperson said more information would be available today.
According to scanner traffic from the area, the man is believed armed with a "silver handgun." The two suspects tried to eluded officers after a CSP trooper attempted to stop the pair for driving without headlights Thursday evening on U.S. Highway 160 east of Bayfield.
The men tried to escape Troopers by driving their Toyota Highlander with trailer up First Notch Road, or FS Rd 620, into the Beaver Meadows area.
The Durango Herald is reporting the two men detached the trailer and set it on fire to serve as a roadblock and set the SUV on fire about mile up the road. Several gunshots were also reported.
“There was some ammunition that was on the trailer,” CSP Capt. Adrian Driscoll told the Durango Herald. “We think when it got lit on fire the rounds went off. I don’t think that it was directed at us.”
According to scanner traffic Friday morning, searchers found one man, who told officers he was just a "hitchhiker" and he was hiking with another man but they had "parted ways."
When asked about the fire the man "was adamant that he wasn't there when the car was torched and wasn't there when the trailer was torched."
That man was found during an air search using a helicopter Friday. The man, not yet identified, was taken into custody and was carrying a cell phone, "and had been making arrangements with somebody," according to radio traffic.
Searchers said they found two sets of tracks and were going to make a cast of the boot print to determine the other "suspect's direction of travel."
Law enforcement resources from San Juan, La Plata and Archuleta Counties are aiding the CSP in their search. The use of a helicopter was also brought in from San Juan County, N.M.