On June 17, 2020, Fort Collins Police received a request for a welfare check on Paul Schmukal, 51, of Fort Collins. The person shared concerns about Schmukal’s personal welfare and noted that he had access to multiple weapons in his home.
While officers were working with the UCHealth CORE (Community Outreach, Response, and Engagement) Team to develop a safety plan, FC911 received a call from a resident who said someone was shooting at their home. Patrol officers and members of the SWAT team responded to the address in the 2500 block of Shields Street and located the suspect, who was identified as Schmukal, at his residence.
Schmukal refused to comply with verbal attempts to resolve the situation. At 5:24 p.m., he was safely taken into custody with the assistance of the K9 Unit. Schmukal was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries resulting from the K9 apprehension. He was later booked into the Larimer County Jail on the charges of Reckless Endangerment (class 3 misdemeanor), Prohibited Use of a Weapon (class 2 misdemeanor), and Illegal Discharge of a Firearm (class 5 felony).
Nobody was injured during the shooting incident that prompted the 911 call, but the victim's home did sustain property damage consistent with gunshots. Investigators recovered multiple firearms and additional evidence at the scene.
“Thankfully, neighbors and other innocent bystanders were not harmed during this dangerous incident,” said Assistant Chief John Feyen, who leads the Patrol Division. “I’m grateful for the organized, rapid response by officers who resolved this situation quickly and safely.”
Anyone with information about this incident, who has not already spoken to police, may contact Detective Kelsey Skaar at 970-221-6514. All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.