MONTE VISTA — Just two days after a similar incident in East Alamosa, a Monte Vista man sought on a warrant refused to surrender to police and was later found dead, apparently the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Sunday, Jan. 20, at about 3 p.m., Corporal Jason Russell of the Monte Vista Police Department obtained a warrant for the arrest of Steven Scott Proctor, 54, of 210 Dunham Street in Monte Vista for felony menacing. The warrant stemmed from an incident reported on January 19, where Proctor allegedly threatened someone with a firearm at the Dunham Street address. Corporal Russell also obtained a warrant to search the residence at 210 Dunham Street for evidence used in the commission of the crime, Monte Vista Police Chief Jim Grayson related in a press statement on Monday.
Grayson stated that Corporal Russell made contact with Steven Proctor by telephone in the late afternoon of January 20, but Proctor refused to come out of the residence and surrender to police.
Officers from the Monte Vista Police Department, Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office, and Colorado State Patrol set up a secured perimeter around the residence and evacuated neighbors in houses adjacent to the residence. After several conversations with Proctor, communication with him ceased in early evening hours on Sunday.
Officers from the Monte Vista Police Department made a tactical entry into the residence shortly after 10 p.m. on January 20 and found Proctor, who was alone in the house, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Chief Grayson said an autopsy is scheduled for January 22 in El Paso County.
The investigation into this incident continues by members of the Monte Vista Police Department and the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Just two days earlier, on Friday, Jan. 18, Alamosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered a similar situation when they attempted to serve warrants on David Lujan, 34, at 104 San Luis Avenue in East Alamosa. When the officers saw a weapon and heard a gunshot, they blocked off the neighborhood with the assistance of Alamosa police and the Colorado State Patrol. As with the Monte Vista incident, when a SWAT team entered the residence after unsuccessful attempts to communicate with Lujan, they found him dead, also from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.