Gunshots from helicopters spook South Routt County residents |

Gunshots from helicopters spook South Routt County residents

Routt County Sheriff's Office

— Some South Routt County residents were caught off guard when they heard gunshots being fired from helicopters overhead Monday.

“We had residents out there armed and up and getting ready to go to war if they had to,” Sheriff Garrett Wiggins said Thursday.

He said it turned out the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI were conducting a training exercise on property belonging to a wealthy property owner. But they neglected to inform the neighbors or the Sheriff’s Office of the training exercise.

After the incident, Wiggins said they had some serious conversations with those people working out of the Grand Junction FBI office, and they were very apologetic.

“I don’t think they will ever be doing anything like that again,” Wiggins said.

A message left with the FBI was not immediately returned Thursday afternoon.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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