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Man arrested after threatening officers

— Deputies were forced to use a Taser gun on a 40-year-old man to arrest him Thursday after he reportedly threatened officers with an ax.

Routt County Sheriff John Warner said Christopher Scab-erotta was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, domestic violence and felony menacing after he reportedly beat a woman he was living with. He may face additional charges of attempted second-degree assault on a peace officer and additional menacing charges.

Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called at 7 a.m. to the 31000 block of Routt County Road 33 to assist a truck driver who had been flagged down by a badly beaten woman.



When officers attempted to reach the home where the woman was staying, they had to break down the door because no one would answer the door, Warner said.

Scaberotta was found standing behind the door holding the ax and threatening to kill the officers.



Scaberotta also told officers he had a shotgun and a .44-Magnum revolver in the home, though officers did not find either of the weapons, Warner said.

Officers used a Taser gun to subdue Scaberotta to arrest him.

“We chose to use non-lethal force instead of lethal force. The Taser was very effective in this situation,” he said.

Drugs and/or alcohol were contributing factors to the incident, Warner said.

While at the home, officers confiscated a first aid kit that contained several syringes and needles and “heroin-related paraphernalia.”

The woman, who sustained serious injuries, .was taken to the hospital to be treated.

Scaberotta also was taken to the hospital to be checked out and then was taken to Routt County Jail, where he is being held without bail.

Scaberotta most likely will have an advisement today in Routt County Court.

– To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com


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