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by Shane Stokes
May 31, 2017
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UnitedHealthCare Pro Cycling Team rider Danny Summerhill has found himself in hot water after firing shots during a training ride in February. According to the Denver Post, the 28-year-old American rider was riding through a residential area in Jefferson County when he fired a handgun multiple times at a hillside.
The newspaper quoted local resident Joe Porter on the matter. According to a police report, Porter said that he “had been able to see a handgun in one of the pouches on the back of the male’s jersey … The male initially denied shooting, but then admitted that he had a bad day and need to vent, so he decided to shoot.”
He said on Tuesday that there are about 60 homes along the stretch of road, with at least six of them in the immediate area where shots were fired. He added that “everybody has propane tanks.” He videoed Summerhill and on reviewing the footage, was able to identify him as being part of the United HealthCare team. He then called deputy Jeffrey Pedersen and told him that he believed Summerhill was the shooter.
Pedersen then met Summerhill, who admitted firing the gun. “He confirmed that he had been riding his bicycle in Deer Creek Canyon on a five-hour training ride and had needed to vent before he got back to his vehicle.” He told the deputy that he didn’t realise it was illegal to shoot at the hillside. He was issued with a summons for disorderly conduct, discharging a weapon in a public place and reckless endangerment.
Summerhill was arraigned Tuesday in Jefferson County Court. Porter attended the hearing and said a pre-trial hearing is scheduled for July 12.
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Update: Summerhill was released from his contract with UHC team management Momentum Sports Group, which issued a statement: “Momentum Sports Group holds our athletes to the highest standards of ethical conduct and accountability – both on and off the road. Following an internal investigation, we accepted Mr. Summerhill’s resignation from the team, effective immediately. The personal actions of one individual do not represent the values of our dedicated athletes, sponsors or fans, and we offer our sincerest apologies to anyone who may have been impacted.”