Redfield man arrested after allegedly threatening police officers


A report of shots being fired Tuesday outside Redfield resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly threatened to kill two police officers.

Jeremiah Thrower, 35, allegedly made the threats after Redfield Police responded to assist a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy who was responding to the call.

Sheriff’s Sgt. Mickey Buffkin said in a probable cause affidavit that when the Redfield officers, including Chief Steve McFatridge, arrived at the house on the 400 block of Handley Road, Thrower was standing on the porch “hollering and screaming” and had blood on his hands.

When the officers placed him under arrest, he made threats to kill them, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing Thursday for Thrower.

Buffkin said in the affidavit that police “found the house shot up,” with bullet holes in the walls, windows and appliances.

They seized 30 firearms. Kizer said Thrower had been committed to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in 2009 for a mental commitment and was not allowed to have firearms.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $100,000 bond for Thrower after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with terroristic threatening and being in possession of a firearm.

Thrower was also ordered to have no contact with the two Redfield officers until the case is settled and was told to come back to court July 18.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent him.