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A Vail, Colorado, man died by suicide November 21 as law enforcement officers were attempting to contact him on Tatum Boulevard between Pinnacle Peak and Jomax roads. 

Ron Braden had been a fugitive since November 13, after he cut off his court-ordered GPS monitoring device. On November 20, Vail police learned the 55-year-old man fled to Maricopa County. At 9:30 a.m. November 21, after several hours of surveillance, members of Maricopa County Fugitive Task Force attempted to contact him. 

Before deputies could make contact, Braden shot himself and was pronounced dead on scene.

The court ordered a 24-hour GPS monitoring as a condition of his release on bond from the Eagle County Detention Facility on August 27 following his arrest on July 4.

The former Vail IT director, Braden was arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including violations of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act, embezzlement of public property, theft, official misconduct, forgery and assault on a peace officer.

These charges resulted from an 18-month investigation in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for theft of public funds. Braden resigned from the town’s employment after his 2018 arrest for soliciting a minor for prostitution.