Wildernest woman arrested after reports of shots fired 

One woman is in custody for firing a handgun during an argument in Wildernest on Wednesday night.  

Summit County Sheriff’s Office confirms one round was fired. No one was injured.  

The woman, Jessenia Florian, admitted to firing a 9mm handgun. She is charged with three misdemeanors, including a fake ID. It was found when she was booked.  

Here is the complete preliminary report from the sheriff’s office: 

On Wednesday, April 3, around 9 p.m., deputies were dispatched to a domestic violence incident in the Wildernest area involving an argument between a male and female, concluding with the sound of a single gunshot and a female crying.  

Deputies from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, along with Silverthorne and Dillon Police Officers, responded to the area and quickly located the couple, secured the scene, and ensured there was no continuing public safety concern.   

The male and female suspects initially denied any argument or gunshots. However, deputies observed a bullet casing outside the residence, as well as a bullet hole in an adjacent snowbank. Upon further questioning the suspect, Jessenia Florian, admitted to firing one round from a 9mm handgun from the front door of the residence out of “curiosity.”  

The investigation did not yield evidence of a domestic violence incident and there were no injuries. 

Florian was arrested and charged with Prohibited Use of a Weapon (a class 1 misdemeanor) and Reckless Endangerment (a class 2 misdemeanor). Once at the Summit County Detentions Facility, Florian was found in possession of fictitious identification documents and was charged with Criminal Possession of an Identification Document (a class 2 misdemeanor).  

The male, Martin Cerda-Vargas, was charged with Unlawful Storage of a Firearm (a class 2 misdemeanor) and released on a summons.  

Sheriff Jaime FitzSimons praised the quick work of responding deputies and officers.  

“These incidents are intense and responding personnel never know what they will encounter,” FitzSimons said. “Summit County law enforcement responded professionally and, thankfully, no one was injured in the reckless incident.”  

The sheriff continued with a reminder: “It is always a violation of law to be in possession of a firearm while intoxicated, and it is the responsibility of all gun owners to ensure guns are securely stored when not in use.”