By Tommy Simmons, Greeley Tribune
Jim Arnold, 38, the owner of Waterfowl Haven Outfitters in Greeley, faces two counts of felony menacing after Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers say he fired a gun at two hunters and yelled racial slurs at them.
Arnold owns property on the South Platte River just east of Kersey. A few years ago, the report states, Kevin Dunnigan bought property next to Arnold’s. Dunnigan often let Arnold use the property for hunting as well as business, since Arnold also worked as a hunting guide.
Problems began when the Dunnigans began to hunt turkey on the property themselves, along with a few friends, the report says.
The report states Arnold would “harass” the Dunnigans and their friends from time to time, and the situation was tense enough for Dunnigan’s son, Taylor, to expect trouble when he was out hunting with a friend. But things escalated on April 22 when two family friends of the Dunnigans were using the property to hunt turkeys, the report states. Arnold “came out and harassed them by screaming…and shooting his guns,” the report states.
Arnold reappeared the next day, when Taylor was on his family’s property hunting with a friend. They had set up a hunting blind — a camouflaged tent with holes through which to shoot — in the bottom of a riverbed and were waiting for turkeys. Taylor later told officers he was about 70-80 yards from the border of Arnold’s property.
The two were in the tent when they saw Arnold’s 2000 Ford Excursion appear on the property line, the report stated. The driver’s side window was rolled down, and Arnold was looking at them through binoculars, according to the report.
The two recorded a video of what happened next, which served as evidence for police. In the video, Arnold, in front of his truck, fired a round into the air, flushing a group of turkeys from nearby trees. He then reloaded his shotgun.
The report states Arnold fired multiple shots at the small tent where Taylor and his friend remained huddled. Taylor later told officers the shots were hitting bushes between 5 and 20 yards from the tent, and said he was afraid for his life.