Grand County sheriff cleared in shooting of suspected Tabernash burglar

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS | A grand jury has cleared the Grand County sheriff in the shooting of a suspected burglar in September.

District Attorney Brett Barkey announced Thursday that the jury found that Sheriff Brett Schroetlin was justified in shooting 20-year-old Connor James MacLaird. MacLaird survived. He was allegedly rushing at the sheriff with a knife when he was shot.

The grand jurors decided there was enough evidence to charge MacLaird with several crimes, including first-degree assault on a police officer and second-degree burglary.