Man kills himself with Springfield officer’s gun

Posted on April 22, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, suicide |

SPRINGFIELD, Colo. – Authorities say a man used an officer’s gun to shoot and kill himself after he was placed in custody for allegedly attempting to strangle a woman to death in Springfield.

The Garfield County sheriff’s office says Damien Greenlee grabbed a gun while he was in a Springfield police officer’s vehicle. The sheriff’s office says the officer was inside the home where the woman was attacked when Greenlee shot himself.

Officials declined to say where the gun was in the vehicle.

Greenlee shared a home with the woman he was suspected of trying to strangle, but their relationship wasn’t immediately known. The woman was hospitalized, but details on her condition were not available. More on

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Police investigating shooting death

Posted on April 19, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, murder |

Colorado Springs, CO – Colorado Springs police are investigating the death of a man who may have been shot and was found unconscious early Sunday in the lot of a car dealership near East Platte Avenue and Circle Drive.

The man, whose age and identity have not been released, was found outside Southwest Auto Sales, 2444 Platte Place, at 5:32 a.m. after police received a report of a shooting in the area.

No arrests have been made. Several people were at the scene when officers arrived and their involvement is being investigated.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office will conduct an autopsy, and if the death is ruled a homicide it will be the city’s 10th this year. More on

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25-year-old man died from gunshot in the car

Posted on April 15, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, dispute - acquaintance |

Fort Morgan, CO –  25-year-old Fort Morgan man died Wednesday of gunshot injuries suffered Tuesday evening in the parking lot of the local McDonald’s restaurant.

Police responded about 6:10 p.m. Tuesday to a call of a shooting in the parking lot of the restaurant at Main Street and Riverview Avenue. Officers found Bornmann in a parked car with a gunshot wound to the head.

Bornmann was shot inside the vehicle, Fort Morgan Police Chief Keith Kuretich said.

“There’s no reason to believe otherwise at this point,” Kuretich said.

He was immediately taken to Colorado Plains Medical Center in Fort Morgan and later flown to Denver in critical condition, Kuretich said.

Bornmann was shot with a small-caliber handgun, but Kuretich could not disclose exactly where the gun was found at the scene or to whom it belonged.

“We can’t say whose it was,” he said. “It takes time to track down the registration of a weapon.” Kuretich also could not say whether the gunshot was self-inflicted.

“An autopsy will be conducted to determine the absolute cause of death as well as the manner in which the death was caused,” the chief said. “Any death involving a weapon is considered suspicious until we can confirm the manner of death. It could go anywhere from violent, or a homicide, to suicide to an accidental discharge. We need to determine that nothing criminal was involved.”

A juvenile female and two other adult males were in the car when police were called, Kuretich said, but the officers made no arrests. The three passengers were interviewed and released, he said, and no other parties were directly involved. More on Fort Morgan Times

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Man, woman dead in murder-suicide in Colorado Springs

Posted on April 12, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, murder-suicide |

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Police say the weekend shooting deaths of a man and woman in a central Colorado Springs home were the result of an apparent attempted murder-suicide.

Colorado Springs police Sgt. Steve Noblitt on Monday said the two had been identified as 38-year-old Fidencio Ordaz Gonzalez and 36-year-old Paula Ordaz, both of Colorado Springs.

A SWAT team responding to a report of shots fired found a Gonzalez dead and Ordaz critically injured Sunday afternoon. Ordaz was hospitalized in critical condition but died Monday.

Authorities haven’t said which person was the shooter. But police say a woman at the home told officers she believed her father had a gun and that her mother was with him inside. More on

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19-year-old man fatally shot while handling a weapon with a friend

Posted on April 8, 2009. Filed under: accident, Colorado |

Colorado Springs, Colorado – Officers responded to the shooting at 12:07 a.m. Hennessey and a second man were handling a weapon when it went off, hitting Hennessey in the abdomen, police said. Hennessey was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Police did not identify the second man, saying the case was under investigation.

Prosecutors with the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office likely will determine whether charges are merited.

“The El Paso County Coroners Office will rule a death a homicide anytime a person dies as the result of the actions of another person,” said Lt. David Whitlock, police spokesman. “As such, no inference about criminal culpability should be made based on those rulings alone.”

The incident puts the city’s homicide count this year at eight, the same number seen this time last year. More on

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3 dead in suspected murder-suicide in Firestone

Posted on March 28, 2009. Filed under: Colorado, murder-suicide |

Firestone, Colorado – A suspected murder-suicide left three people dead early Saturday morning in a Firestone subdivision.

The incident, which led to a three-and-a-half hour standoff and prompted the partial evacuation of the Eagle Crest subdivision in Firestone, ended after members of the Weld County Regional SWAT team entered the residence at about 9:15 a.m. on Saturday to find the three people involved already dead.

Firestone police first learned of the incident at 5:37 a.m. Saturday morning when the 24-year-old daughter of Sharla Acker, 41, called 9-1-1 after hearing a single gun shot while in her mother’s house on the 10000 block of Barron Circle in Firestone, according to Weld County Coroner Chris Robillard. Less than 10 minutes later, Firestone police were on scene working to get Sharla Acker’s daughter and 3-year-old grandson out of the house through a window, Robillard said.

The daughter and grandson were unharmed.

Police then evacuated a quarter of the subdivision and closed entrances into the subdivision until 11 a.m. in the event that a man had barricaded himself inside the residence.

Robillard, however, said the incident likely ended shortly after it began — with Sharla Acker’s ex-husband Michael Acker, 47, of Commerce City, suspected of using a shotgun to kill Sharla Acker and her boyfriend Michael Frederico, 38.

Michael Acker and Sharla Acker divorced in fall 2008, Robillard said. The incident is still under investigation and autopsies are planned for today. More on Greeley Tribune

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Couple were killed by man over dispute on parking

Posted on February 16, 2008. Filed under: Colorado, dispute - acquaintance |

Denver, Colorado – Lance Leroy McDermed, 38, then received two life sentences in Adams County District Court for the murders of Marco and Vera Escobedo.

The couple — Marco was 44 and Vera was 41 — were gunned down Feb. 16, 2008, after answering a knock on the door of their Autumn Creek condominium in the 9100 block of Gale Boulevard. McDermed had several run-ins with the victims, including some about parking, neighbors said. More on Denver Post

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