WELD COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – Two men arrested after a shooting in a Walmart parking lot Friday morning have been released. The suspects were never held in the Weld County Jail due to a new policy that prioritizes arrests for high-level crimes.
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Weld County Jail enacted the policy on September 1 in response to limited prison capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic and an ongoing prison expansion project. Under the new policy, the majority of those incarcerated in the prison face a Class 1, 2 or 3 crime or charges of increased domestic violence.
Walmart shooting suspects Jewan Satcher and Sheldon Nails have each been charged with rioting, fighting by conspiracy, four counts of reckless endangerment, illegal dumping of ‘a firearm and the prohibited use of a weapon.
Investigators said Satcher, 24, and Nails, 23, were out-of-state contractors who were working at Walmart when the shooting happened. No one was injured, but police found more than 20 cartridge cases at the scene.
A bullet hit the windshield of a person sitting in his car. Other cars were also hit, but no one was injured.
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The Greeley Police Department made a special request that the suspects be held in the jail, citing the violent nature of the incident and the fact that both suspects were from out of state.
“The charges recommended for the two known suspects did not allow their detention,” Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams said in a statement. Facebook post explaining why Greeley’s police request was denied.
Weld County Jail plans to lift arrest standards on October 28, once the prison expansion is complete. Under normal circumstances, the prison can hold up to 1,170 inmates. Due to the pandemic and construction limitations, the prison currently has around 450 inmates with a maximum capacity of 500.
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“I will not comment on the Greeley Police Department’s investigation into the shooting and will assume the most appropriate charges have been recommended against the suspects,” Sheriff Reams said on Facebook. “I will also assume, as the press release states, that there is no longer a threat to the public. My agency is committed to doing everything possible to continue to keep this community safe and will continue to be the best possible partner for all of our law enforcement allies. This post is not intended to lessen the severity of this event or the unfortunate impacts that the implementation of prison arrest standards is having on our community. “