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On January 6, 2019, at approximately 7:10 p.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a burglary in progress at a home in Livermore west of Highway 287 between West County Road 74E and County Road 76H.  The homeowner had just returned home and found a pickup truck with a fifth wheel camper attached on his property.  He also found a man inside his home who refused to leave.  The homeowner retreated and called 911.

Deputies arrived and learned the suspect could have stolen firearms (including rifles) kept in the home.  Deputies approached and the pickup and camper were no longer at the house.  A K9 was used to search all buildings on the property, but the suspect was not found.

Deputies located the pickup and camper in a meadow past the home.  No one was inside the pickup, but deputies could see movement inside the camper.  Deputies gave commands for the suspect to exit the camper and he yelled that he could shoot them from a half mile away.

Deputies surrounded the camper and continued commands using a PA system.  The suspect refused all commands to exit the camper and yelled that he would cause an explosion if the deputies did not leave.  Deputies could smell propane coming from the camper.  A drone was launched to get a better view of the camper and enable deputies to stay a safe distance away. 

The LCSO armored rescue vehicle (BearCat) was deployed and approached the camper.  Commands for the suspect to exit the camper continued with no results.  At approximately 11:40 p.m., Larimer County Regional SWAT Team members used a 40mm launcher to break the windows of the camper to vent any buildup of propane inside and introduce gas irritants.  About 10 minutes later, the suspect climbed through a roof vent to the top of the camper.  He continued to yell at deputies and refused to come down from the roof.  The suspect was struck with two foam batons fired from a 40mm launcher and agreed to climb down.  He was taken into custody just after midnight.

The suspect was identified as Michael Lee Megilligan (02/05/1970) who self-reported as homeless in the Fort Collins area.  He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and then booked into the Larimer County Jail on the following allegations.  

Felony Menacing x 7 (Class 5 Felony)
2nd Degree Burglary (Class 4 Felony)
Resisting Arrest (Class 2 Misdemeanor)
3rd Degree Criminal Trespass (Class 3 Misdemeanor)
Theft (Class 1 Petty Offense)

A booking photo is not available at this time and bond has not been set.

The charges are merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

Published on: 
Monday, January 7, 2019 - 4:00pm
Contact Details: 

Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
(970)980-2501 |  Email

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