I am not against guns.......but I am against them in the wrong hands. This I thought was interesting.
2001 Gun Events in Colorado
You have to admit this alot for one year,,,,,,,,
2001 Gun Events in Colorado
Dec. 31. Boulder. Nathan Melikidse, 25, of California allegedly forced his way into a home, tied up the residents with strapping tape,
and sexually assaulted one of the women. The hostages were held captive several hours before the husband broke free and grabbed
the Ruger 9mm pistol from the him. (Rocky Mt. News)
Dec. 28. Adams County. A 50-year old clerk at a Super 8 Model was shot and injured in an apparent robbery. (Denver Post)
Dec. 28. Craig. 3 teens, aged 15-17, have been charged with conspiring to detonate explosives at school and a courthouse. (Rocky Mt. News)
Dec. 28. Aurora. Three men suspected of shoplifting at a clothing store fired at a security officer and injured a 16-year old bystander. (Rocky Mt. News)
Dec. 25. Aurora. Anibal Afaro-Pineda,28 , allegedly defied a court order to stay away from guns, and armed himself with two
semiautomatic pistols and a revolver. Police contend that Alfaro-Pineda shot his ex-girlfriend Sonia Mata, 21, outside of the
Timberwood Apartment and then shot and killed himself. Mata was shot in the hand, leg and chest and is in critical condition.
Afaro-Pineda was to appear in court next week in connection with a misdemeanor child abuse charge. (Rocky Mt. News)
Dec. 25. Aspen. A man hoping to sell a shotgun to a collectibles dealer at an outdoors mall created a stir. By carrying his weapon out
in plain site, he frightened other shoppers. Police responded and the would-be seller found himself facing seven armed officers. (Denver Post)
Dec. 31. Fort Collins, Investment Arms, a local firearms company, has begun selling special-edition rifles in order to raise money
for the families of firefighters and police officers who lost their lives in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The special rifle is a semiautomatic Ruger 10/22. (Denver Post)
Dec. 21. Glendale. Robert Gunwall, 24, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Police were called by neighbors to the apartment
at 1074 S. Dahlia and are now holding Gunwall's roommate, Alex Wear, 23, in connection with the killing. (Denver Post)
Dec. 20. Morgan County. Byron Sharpnack, 17, was shot and killed with a shotgun during a mock duel with hunting companions.
His three friends apparently attempted to disguise the event as an accident, and were charged with manslaughter and accessory to
manslaughter. (Denver Post)
Dec. 19. Denver. An unidentified man was shot in the chest and injured while in his car on the 900 block of Yuma street. (Denver Post)
Dec. 19. Boulder. Francisco Angulo, 13, was shot in the shoulder and injured in the bedroom of a house in the 3300 block of
Morehead Avenue. (Denver Post)
Dec. 18. Denver. Rick Stanley, a Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate, and Duncan Philip were arrested for carrying a loaded
weapon in Denver. Stanley and Duncan intend to use the arrest to challenge the constitutionality of Denver's law on carrying weapons.
Dec. 14. Aurora. Lorenzo Villanueva, 22, died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. He was shot at the Super 8 motel during an
apparent robbery. (Denver Post)
Dec. 13 Wellington. Sheriff's deputies arrested six men and two juveniles on suspicion of assault, menacing and other gang-related charges.
Among other things, the deputies seized a handgun from the home of two suspects. (Denver Post)
Dec. 12. Douglas County. An autopsy report confirmed that James Daniel Watkins, 59, whose body was found in a van parked in the
Pike National Forest last week, committed suicide. Watkins died of a single gunshot by a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun to the right temple.
Dec. 12. Douglas County. An autopsy report confirmed that James Daniel Watkins, 59, whose body was found in a van parked in the
Pike National Forest last week, committed suicide. Watkins died of a single gunshot by a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun to the right temple.
Dec. 11. Littleton. Michael David Jenkins, 39, allegedly shot and killed his former girlfriend Stacey Lee Hills, 20, before killing himself
with the same rifle. Ms. Hills leaves behind 2-year old twin daughters. Jenkins was under a restraining order for trespassing and stalking Hills.
Jenkins had a history of arrests and convictions dating back to 1982.
Dec. 7. Three Green Mountain High School students have committed suicide in the last month. Newspaper gave no indication as to
what means the students used for killing themselves; generally guns are used in 60% of suicides. (Denver Post)
Dec. 5. Fort Collins. A security guard at the Centers for Disease Control reported that he saw a man with a rifle walking on a hillside near
the federal laboratory that researches deadly infectious diseases. (Denver Post)
Dec. 5. Broomfield. Arsalan Absar Rizvi, 26, pleaded not guilty to charges that he illegally obtained a 12-gauge shotgun and falsely
claimed he was a U.S. citizen. Rizvi is from Pakistan and is being held with his brother Armoghan Absar Rizvi on immigration charges.
Dec. 5. Boulder. Two 14-year-old Casey Middle School students have been suspended and could be expelled for making a list of
students they wanted to kill. (Denver Post)
Dec. 5. Littleton. Eric Harris's personal journal confirms that he and fellow Columbine killer Dylan Klebold planned the Columbine
massacre well in advance of the April 13th shootings deaths of 13 others and themselves. (Denver Post)
Nov. 28. Denver. An unidentified 14-year old was shot in the leg as he crossed a street near Montbello High School. Apparently, a group
of people in a car that was attempting a turn at the intersection shot the teenager because they were angry for his being in the crosswalk.
(Rocky Mt. News).
Nov. 27. Aurora. A 16-year-old boy was shot in the neck and wounded after two cars pulled alongside each other and someone began firing.
(Rocky Mt. News).
Nov. 26. Bennett. Two shootings occurred in one day in this small Eastern Plains community. An unidentified 16-year-old boy apparently
committed suicide in his own home using a firearm. In the other incident, Steven Dennis, 20, was shot and wounded after leading
Lochbuie police on a chase. (Denver Post).
Nov. 23. Denver. A woman was shot in the leg when she and a friend tried to stop two men from stealing their car. (Denver Post).
Nov. 20. Edgewater. A man was shot and injured outside the Taco Bell on Sheridan Boulevard in the afternoon.
The man was apparently arguing with the occupants of a car when someone shot him. (Rocky Mt. News).
Nov. 20. Durango. Troy McGlaughlin, 51, told police he was unloading rifles after a hunting tip and pulled the trigger on a rifle inside his home.
The rifle was not empty and the bullet passed through the windshield of the truck of Jonathan Grosjean, 27, struck him in the head and killed him.
Grosjean was on his way to meet McGlaughlin at the time. (Denver Post).
Nov. 16. Denver. The web site of the Tyranny Response Team features Tom Mauser with a "Wanted: For Crimes Against American Civil Liberties.
Mauser's took up the gun control cause after his son Daniel, 15, was shot and killed at Columbine in 1999. (Rocky Mt. News).
Nov. 14. Lakewood. Daniel Rosales, 33, was arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of his estranged wife Karen Rosales, 36,
and Jason Heggner, 21, of Boynton Beach, Florida. (Denver Post)
Nov. 13. Denver. Jaquie Creazzo, 38, was armed when she went outside in her wheelchair with her teen-age daughters.
She shot and wounded Justin Michael Getz, 21, who came towards them firing two pistols. Getz is the former boyfriend of the eldest
daughter and had been threatening her after she refused to reunite with him. (Rocky Mt. News)
Nov. 12. Colorado Springs. Douglas E. Miller, 65, of Highlands Ranch was charged with attempting to board an aircraft with a concealed weapon.
He was carryinga .38-caliber revolver when he attempted to board a plane at Eppley airfield.. (Rocky Mt. News)
Nov. 12. Omaho, Neb.. Jeffry Jackson, was shot and killed in his Colorado Springs home. Police arrested Byron Robinson, 38,
and are searching for his son Dominic Baker, 18, in connection with the shooting. (Rocky Mt. News)
Nov. 6. Denver. A submachine gun and ammunition were stolen from a Denver SWAT team police officer. Deputy Solomon
Mikael apparently left the weapon and ammunition next to his truck, from where they disappeared sometime during the night. (Rocky Mt. News)
Nov. 2. Aurora. Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide shooting in the parking lot of the Community College of Aurora.
The victims were Lucretia Rael-Lucero, 36, and Roman Sierra, 27. Sierra was under a no-contact order because of assault related to
domestic violence. (Denver Post)
Nov. 2. Denver. Ricardo Lamar Knox, 26, shot and killed himself on an RTD bus. Knox was wanted in Florida for cocaine
trafficking and had been eluding Lakewood police at the time. Knox shot himself in the head as police officers approached him. (Rocky Mt. News)
Nov. 1. Sterling. Miguel Garcia, 23, who was wanted in connection with a Chicago slaying, held hostages at gunpoint for
12 hours before surrendering to police. (Denver Post)
Nov. 1. Kremmling. Authorities are considering whether to file criminal charges against an unidentified hunter, 29, who shot and
killed his partner inside a duck blind. Jeff Frischette was killed instantly by the close-range shotgun blast. (Denver Post)
Oct. 31. Aurora. Police are searching for a gunman who shot and wounded two men on East Colfax Ave. Neither man suffered
life-threatening injuries. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 30. Lakewood. Police are looking for a man who robbed an auto-parts store at gunpoint. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 30. Westminster. Jon D. Rothrock, a co-owner of Rocky's Autos, was charged with converting semiautomatic guns to fully
automatic weapons and possessing illegal firearms, such as a short-barreled rifle. The ATF indicated that Rothrock is not licensed
to possess automatic weapons. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 28. Denver. Jose Duran, 21, is in fair condition after being shot. Duran was with friends outside a convenience store at
885 S. Federal Blvd. when a blue Cadillac pulled up and shots were fired. (Denver Post)
Oct. 28. Brighton. An unidentified teenage girl was injured by a stray bullet in the parking lot of King Soopers.
The alleged assailant was involved in an argument with a person in another car. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 27. Colorado Springs. Michael Scott, 35, was sentenced to 41 months in prison for threatening to kill his father and his
father's family. In a search of Scott's house, authorities discovered 80 guns, about 40,000 rounds of ammunition, chemicals
and literature telling how to make homemade weapons. Scott was a licensed federal firearms dealer. (Denver Post)
Oct. 27. Aspen , Andrew Kachick, 28, was arrested on suspicion of the shooting death of Vince Thomas,40. Thomas,
who was shot and killed in his home, was offering shelter to a female employee who was the girlfriend of Kachick. (Denver Post)
Oct. 26. Commerce City. Leonel Otero-Miranda, 44, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head after shooting his wife
Jennifer Otero, 38, in the shoulder. Otero-Miranda also tried to shoot his 12-year old step-daugher but the gun did not fire.
Otero-Miranda had been arrested in 1998 on a charge of receiving stolen property. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 22. Stratton. The small eastern plains town of Stratton resumed its activity of providing Concealed Carry Permits to residents from outside the city. Law enforcement officials throughout the state have criticized the policy. Callers for permits flooded the town hall phone system last week. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 21. Cortez. Three Montezuma County sheriff's deputies are under investigation after they shot and wounded Richard McCabe,
who allegedly pointed a handgun at them. (Denver Post)
Oct. 21. Denver. Columnist Joanne Ditmer noted that amongst the toothless wonders of the four growth bills passed in special session,
was a provision sought by the National Rifle Association to make it easier to site shooting ranges. "A lot of communities don't care to
have them just anywhere."...but the lege will see that they must allow them. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 21. Westminster. Westminster police fired on Sean Umble, 29, they claim was trying to run them down on U.S. 36.
Umble was injured by glass from his windshield, and is being held by police, pending charges. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 16. Denver. Jeremy Martinez, 14, a popular ninth-grader at Manual High School, was killed Saturday in a car with friends
when he was shot in the head by occupants of another vehicle near Interstate 70 and Pecos about 2 a.m. Police belief the shooting
resulted from an earlier altercation at a 7-Eleven between 2 groups of young men. (Denver Post)
Oct. 16. Denver. Denver SWAT officer fired beanbags at a Jeremiah Kennedy, 22, after he shouted at authorities to kill him.
The incident is the first time Denver has used beanbags to subdue a suspect. Kennedy is recovering from minor injuries. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 16. Denver. Tony Sise, 45, was shot and killed by police after Sise charged the officer with a knife. Sise had threatened a
security guard at a transitional living facility. Police fired nine rounds at him. (Denver Post)
Oct. 15. Boulder. Several people broke into a home Sunday morning, threatening the family with weapons before making off
with cash and other items. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 7. Lakewood. Police shot and wounded an unidentified man, who is suspected of trying to rob a bank, taking a woman hostage,
carjacking a man at gunpoint, fleeing police and brandishing a gun. (Denver Post)
Oct. 7. Denver. Charles Garcia, 31, was arrested and booked for pointing a gun at a Denver police officer.
Garcia had been reportedly carrying a handgun in the parking lot at the Bear Valley Shopping Center in southwest Denver. (Denver Post)
Oct. 7. Colorado Springs. One week before the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, a passenger at the Colorado Springs Airport
walked through the security checkpoint to an airline gate carrying an unloaded M-1A rifle. The security employee thought it
was a camera tripood when it was X-rayed. (Denver Post)
Oct. 3. Colorado Springs. A 20-year-old Colorado Springs man with a disassembled shotgun and ammunition in his luggage
was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of carrying a concealed weapon after he was discovered at in an airport security check. (Denver Post)
Oct. 3. Denver. Police shot and killed Tony Sise, 45, after he threatened a security guard and a policeman with a knife. Sise,
apparently intoxicated, was resisting expulsion from a homeless shelter when he drew the knife. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 3. Denver. Two bystanders, Richard Raznick, 45, and Wayne Bailey, 30, were wounded when caught in crossfire of a
gun battle in LoDo. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 1 Lafayette. Jose Martinez, 21, and Jerardo Martinez, 21, were arrested in connection with a drive by shooting at a large party.
No one was injured, but two people were shot at. A sawed-off shotgun was allegedly thrown from the vehicle prior to the suspects
being apprehended. (Denver Post)
Oct. 1 Greeley. Police arrested John Silva, 20, and a 16-year-old boy, as suspects in the murder of Robert Watson, 16.
Watson was shot and killed as he stood outside a house where a party was going on. Police believe the shooting was gang-related,
although they aren't sure if Watson was the intended target. (Rocky Mt. News)
Oct. 1 Franktown. Steven Roy Miller, 20, of Littleton, and a Matthew Koyama, 17, of Denver, were arrested for attempted murder
after a crime spree. In the Lakewood carjacking that started the events, the suspects had allegedly fired at the car owner, but missed.
They were later reported to be brandishing a handgun and firing at a passing vehicle. (Denver Post)
Sept. 28. Canon City. Twin brothers Michael and Joel Stovall, 24, were arrested for the shooting death of Fremont County sheriff's
Deputy Jason Schwartz. The Stovall brothers were in custody for killing a neighbor's dog, when one of the brothers broke free and
shot Schwarts with a 9mm pistol he'd brought along. In a later shootout with the twins, Florence police office Toby Bethel, 32, was
partially paralyzed, and Fremont sheriff's Deputy Wes Orosco was injured. The Stovall brothers were gun aficionado (Denver Post)
Sept. 28. Jefferson County. Margaret McKean, 39, was apparently shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend Richard McIntosh, 35,
then apparently shot and killed himself. Sheriff's deputies had been called to the home on the 9600 block of W. Chatfield of
Ken Caryl Ranch three times in September to investigate criminal mischief and domestic disturbance complaints.
The victim was planning to pursue a restraining order. She leaves behind an 8-year old son, who has Down's Syndrome. (Rocky Mt. News)
Sept. 28. Arapahoe County. Three armed men robbed a pawnshop of nearly 10 semiautomatic handguns and jewelry.
In their robbery they threatened the manager at gunpoint and later car-jacked a vehicle to make their getaway. Pawnshops
and gun stores in the area have been the target of robberies in the past, but this heist was bold as it was in broad daylight. (Denver Post)
Sept. 26. Aurora. Mussei Kahsai, an African immigrant was killed in a robbery at the Plaza Liquor store. Joshua Hardin, 15,
was also known as the "Buntline Bandit" for the long-barrelled six-shooter he used, later pled guilty slaying. Hardin agreed to
reduced charges to give evidence against his accomplices Justin Bell, 20 and Robert Lamar Lewis, 25. (Denver Post)
Sept. 25. Grand Junction. Caco Inc, a 30-year old manufacturer in Grand Junction, has stepped up production of assault rifle parts
for the United States Army for use in a possible Afghanistan action. (Denver Post)
Sept. 21. Larimer County. Sheriff Jim Alderden, in a patriotic gesture, has elected to waive the $100 fee for processing concealed
weapons application. Applicants will be asked to direct their contribution to a charity aiding victims of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.
(Rocky Mt. News)
Sept. 21. Denver. The body of Lenny Freyta, 25, was found in Joseph P. Martinez Park. Freyta was the victim of multiple
gunshot wounds (Denver Post)
Sept. 20. Arvada. James Gowda, a Colorado gun dealer, pled guilty of a felony charge of selling a semiautomatic handgun to a person
he knew was not a Colorado resident. As part of his plea, Gowda agreed to forfeit all 225 guns seized at his Arvada residence five years ago.
Dealing as "Trader Jim," Gowda had reportedly sold thousands of guns over 20 years without criminal background checks at guns shows,
and that hundreds of those sales were subject to police traces. During that time the ATF had repeatedly renewed his license to sell guns
from his home in Arvada, a city that did not permit home gun sales. (Denver Post)
Sept. 18. Arvada. After a 9.5 hour standoff, Baruch Bachofer, 31, surrendered to police. Bachofer was wanted for attempted second
degree murder, he is accused of firing several shots from a handgun at a Fort Lupton home and threatening the occupant. The standoff
began with an initial exchange of gunfire, and ended when Bachofer succumbed to tear gas. A 15-year -old girl, who was with him in
the motor home, was taken into custody. (Denver Post)
Sept. 17. Fort Collins. Ricky Lee Morgan, 36, was arrested after barricading himself in a house. Morgan faces disturbance and
firearms-related charges. Neighbors reported gunshots and yelling. (Denver Post)
Sept. 17. Aspen. Charles "Bud" Wolcott was shot and later died from his wounds in a shoot-out with Pitkin County sheriff officers.
In his arsenal of several handguns and a rifle, Wolcott had a fully automatic weapon and fired at the police with an AK-47.
Wolcott had a history of mental illness, and therefore is prohibited from either purchasing or possessing a firearm, much less an
automatic weapon, which require a thorough background check and special license. Officials are unsure how he obtained the guns.
Sept. 14. Denver. Assistant Fire Chief Charles Drennan Jr., 50, was shot and killed by a fire captain when he went to his home to
counsel him. Capt. Bob Cronin, 44, later shot and killed himself. Drennan was a longtime friend of Cronin, who was reportedly
having personal problems. (Denver Post)
Sept. 14. Arvada. Rudy Saiz, 43, was taken into custody after running a stoplight, hitting another car, and exchanging gunfire
with a responding police officer. (Denver Post)
Sept. 12. Cheyenne, WY. An M-16 rifle, an M-60 machine gun, another rifle, and ammunition were reported missing from a missile
alert facility at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Nebraska. (Denver Post)
Sept. 11. Clear Creek County. Jeremy Richard Flores, 19, of Grand Junction was shot and killed in a car as he rode with acquaintances
on I-70. Investigators were trying to determine if the gunfire was accidental. (Rocky Mt. News)
Sept. 8. Fort Collins. The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners held a news conference to emphasize carrying of concealed weapons as a
defense against a recent spate of sexual assaults near the CSU campus (all attacks took place while the victim was sleeping in her
own off-campus apartment). Highlight of the conference was the a 23-year-old economics major who is now packing a .38 caliber
pistol. Sheriff Jim Alderden confirmed he had waived the 60-day waiting period in order to issue the student a concealed weapons
permit. (Rocky Mt. News)
Sept. 3. Greeley. A 17-year-old boy, whose name is being withheld because he is a juvenile, is being held for investigation of
second-degree homicide and assault. The alleged assailant was sitting in a vehicle when the unidentified victim, also 17, approached.
Five shots were fired. Police suspect the boys may have been arguing about the former girlfriend of the assailant, whom the victim was dating.
A .25-caliber automatic weapon was found at the scene. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 30. Westminster. The body of Abel Ernest Dominguez, 29, was found shot to death in an empty field near Federal Boulevard
and W. 71st Avenue. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 30. Aurora. Alvin Eugene Marshall, 22, died from a single gunshot wound to the chest at 2:30 a.m. at the Woodridge Apartments
on E. Kansas Drive. (Denver Post)
Aug. 30. Aurora. Tariq Jamal Palmer, 29, was shot and killed after answering his front door around 11:30 a.m. The visitor demanded money,
and in the ensuing argument fired several shots, hitting the man in his upper body. (Denver Post)
Aug. 30. Aurora. An unidentified man was shot to death in an alley in west Aurora. The victim was standing in the alley with two friends
when he was fatally shot in the upper body. Police are trying to determine where the bullet came from. (Denver Post)
Aug. 30. United Nations. Global military spending is rising at an alarming rate after years of decline. The highest rates of increase
were in African and south Asian countries with enormous unmet social and economic needs (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 29. Aurora. Levan Jackson, 62, fled the scene after allegedly shooting and killing his son Darnell L. Jackson, 42. The son died
from a gunshot wound to the back of the head; he was also shot several times in the back. The father, who was later apprehended
in his attempt to cross over into Canada, had been convicted in 1982 of the shooting death of his brother Sidney. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 28. Fort Collins. Alexander Vukodinovich, 15, was sentenced to two years in juvenile custody for planning with his friends
Chad Meininger and Scott Parent a Columbine-style attack at their school Preston Junior High. Their planned attack was to be
executed using guns from the home of this mother Joy Hopley and his step-father Robin Jones. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 28. Estes Park. In a domestic dispute Michael Carter, 36, tried to kill his estranged wife, then shot and killed himself. His wife,
Amy King, 24, suffered two wounds from the .25-caliber handgun. The couple's three children (ages 17 months to 5 years) were
nearby during the shootings, but were not harmed. King told Estes Park police earlier this month that her estranged husband had
been stalking her. (Denver PostAug. 11. Rollinsville . Ronald Darley, 43, was killed by a shooting in his home in Gilpin County.
His wife Samantha, 59, was wounded by gunshot wounds to her head and chest. Police suspect the incident was a murder and
attempted suicide. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 28. Westminster. The body of an unidentified man was found lying in a field with a gunshot wound to the back. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 25. Fairplay. LaQuine Thomas, 43, allegedly shot and killed Samuel Wade Reece. Thomas apparently suspected Reece
of attempted robber with his car. Park County later charged Thomas with murder, and noted that the situation does not fall under
the "make my day" law, as the victim had not entered the house. (Rocky Mt. News).
Aug. 11. Lakewood. Molla Ayenalem, a 49-year old shopkeeper, was seriously wounded by two gunshots fired during a robbery
attempt at a Texaco gas station at 1223 S. Sheridan Blvd. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 13. Aurora. Michael Sorg and Chris Bratsko were shot and injured Sunday morning at the Sons of Silence motorcycle
clubhouse in Commerce City. Dozens of members of the motorcycle gang were arrested in October 1999 on gunrunning and
drug-trafficking charges. (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 10. Aurora. The body of James Washburn, 36, of Georgia was found in a tractor-trailer parked a truck stop sleeping area.
Washburn suffered a gunshot wound. (Denver Post)
Aug. 10. Washington, D.C. . Evan Todd, 18, who was wounded in the Columbine school shootings, bicycled with other school
shooting survivors to the Lincoln Memorial to rally against gun violence. In their 190-mile bikeride, Todd joined students from
Paducah, Kentucky, and Springfield Oregon to speak out for reasonable gun control laws. They wore tee-shirts saying
"People Pedaling Peace ... Not Violence." (Rocky Mt. News)
Aug. 6. Denver. Tracy Gray, was shot to death in the early morning hours in the 2800 block of Welton Street.
Lamar Blackwell, 23, was wounded by a gunshot to the arm in the same incident. (Denver Post)
Aug. 3. Aurora. Police have decided to charge Jerry Norris, 49, with first degree assault after he was shot by Aurora police,
who mistakenly came to his door. A 911 glitch sent the police to the wrong address, and Norris answered the 9:30 p.m.
knock at his door holding a semiautomatic handgun behind his back. On seeing the gun, Aurora police fired and shot Norris
twice in the stomach. The Rocky Mt. News editorial condemned the Aurora police's charges. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 31. El Paso County. The Sheriff's office is searching for Rafael Balderrama, 37, in connection with the shooting death of his roommate Gustavo Cald era-Cortez. (Denver Post)
July 31. Disappointment Valley. The BLM is investigating the possible shooting of a horse from the 40-member Spring Creek wild horse herd. (Denver Post)
July 28. Washington, D.C. Congressman Tom Tancredo (R) altered his stance and accepted a $500 from the pro-hunting
organization Safari Club International PAC. Tancredo had pledged after the April 1999 shootings at Columbine H.S. to not
accept money from groups that lobby on either side of the gun control issue. The Safari Club had lobbied against the gun control
provisions in a juvenile justice bill. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 28. Denver. William Paul Hollinger II, 30's, of Westminster, was sentenced to 27 months in prison for lying to obtain a gun.
Hollinger had been arrested for assaulting a Westminster police officer during a traffic stop, and later tried to purchase a pistol
and lied on the background form as to whether he was facing charges. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 28. Denver. Milo, an 18-month-old Chihuahua was put to sleep after someone shot him in the mouth with a BB gun..
(Rocky Mt. News)
July 27. Washington, D.C. SAFE Colorado expelled 3 students from their Washington trip after two of them attempted to
meet with Congressman Scott McInnes by posing as a film crew. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 25. Washington, D.C.. Colorado congressman Scott McInnes snubbed a group of former Columbine High School
students and youth concerned about gun violence. The students had flown to Washington to meet with Colorado's
legislative delegation. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 24. Westminster. Police shot and wounded a Michael David Grodney, 38, in north Denver after he tried to run down
offers who were pursuing him in response to reports of shoplifting at FlatIron Crossing Mall. Grodney suffered eight gunshot
wounds to the face, chest, and abdomen. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 19. Denver. A police officer shot and killed Hakijah Ogobonna Ector when he reportedly pointed a gun at them. Police
were responding to a fitht in which Ector shot another man in the shoulder. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 19. Aurora. Police shot and wounded Joshua Torres, 21, three times as he led them on a chase through Denver and Aurora.
Torres was hit in the hand, arm and shoulder; police contend he was attempting to run an officer over. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 18. Denver. Police are looking for a teen-ager who reportedly shot two men in a motorcycle wedding procession.
The shooting occurred after the teenager knocked over a motorcyclist with his car. When the cyclists pursued the teen, the
driver apparently turned and fired several shots. Henry Ortiz was wounded by a shot to the chest, and Rueben Hernandez, 32,
was killed by a shot to the face. (Rocky Mt. NewsJuly 14. Denver. Gun-toting robbers in Halloween masks held up a
Dallas gem dealer a Denver International Aiport parking lot. The robbers made off with $300,000 in jewelry. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 18. Westminster. A police officer shot and critically wounded Christopher John Cali, 25, in the chest and leg as he emerged
from an SUV that a patrol car had rammed to a stop in a parking lot at 9975 Wadsworth Parkway. The shooting came a standoff
with police over a domestic dispute that began at a woman's home. Cali had three pior arrests within the last five months for charges
ranging from domestic violence assault to violation of a restraining order. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 18. Rifle. Steven Michael Stagner, 42, is accused of shooting and killing Juan Carlos Medrano Velasquez, 22, Melquiades
"Fernando" Medrano Velasquez, 23, Juan Manuel Hernandez Carillo, 44, and Angelica Toscanao, 19, in a Rifle trailer park.
Three other people were injured in the shootings. Officials are unsure how Stagner got his guns, but he previously had been
accused of stealing guns. Officials indicated that he had a lengthy arrest record, and he had previously confessed in court to a
mental illness. In 1991, Stagner reportedly broke into a home and stole a handgun and a rifle. (Denver Post)
July 14. Denver. Gun-toting robbers in Halloween masks held up a Dallas gem dealer at a rental parking lot at Denver International Airport.
One of the robbers pointed a semiautomatic at the man, and grabbed his three bags, containing jewelry valued at $300,000. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 12. Denver. Chrisopher Olguin, 35, was shot and injured by Denver police after he allegedly stabbed his girlfriend 8 times
before advancing on police with a knife. Olguin has been charged with attempted murder, assault, menacing and eluding police.
July 12. Denver. Lawny M. Crews, 30, was shot and killed through his front door when he attempted to thwart a home invasion of
his southwest Denver home. Police suspect a trio of assailants were attempting the home invasion. (Denver Post)
July 11. Aurora. Hector Sanchez and Ricky Rush, both 30, were shot and wounded by a third man in a shooting outside the Aurora mall.
Police believe the shooting was the result of a fight over a woman. (Denver Post)
July 11. Longmont. A $20,000 weapons detecting system is being tested at Skyline High School as part of beefing up security systems.
(Rocky Mt. News)
July 9. Denver. An unidentified man was shot and injured by police when he tried to escape from them. Police were responding to
a report of a domestic violence stabbing. (Denver Post)
July 6. Denver. Richard Vaughn Dutson, Jr. was shot and killed by Denver police officers at the end of a car chase that began with a
purse snatching. Dutson was shot 17 times. (Denver Post)
July 6. Colorado Springs. Brenda Whitlock, 36, an eight-year veteran of the Colorado Springs police force and a member of the SWAT
team killed herself on a downtown street after a supervisor tried to take her to a psychiatric evaluation. Whitlock used her department-issued
9 mm semiautomatic handgun to shoot herself in the chest. (Rocky Mt. News)
July 4. Longmont. Pablo Sanchez Jr., 19, was taken into custody after a standoff with police. Sanchez is suspected of stealing a car at
gunpoint from a woman outside the Longmont Athletic Club. (Denver Post)
July 1. Aurora An Aurora police officer George Petrillo used his .40-caliber Glock service handgun to shoot and kill his wife Carolyn
and their two children, Knight and Gabrielle. Petrillo then killed himself. He left a suicide note stating his unhappiness with working in
Colorado. Police had once been called to intervene in an argument between Petrillo and his wife. (Denver Post)
June 28. Denver. Jacinto DeJesus-Eleuteris, 59, was shot in the arm in an attempted robbery of his ice cream vending cart. (Denver Post)
June 28. Golden. Two gunmen forced a woman out of her Mercedes-Benz SUV and drove off with it. One of the gunmen pointed a
small handgun at the woman's head and ordered her to get out. (Denver Post)
June 26. Durango. Jerry Seale, a gun-show promoter, blamed Amendment 22 for a steep drop in attendance at the gun show over
the weekend. (Denver Post)
June 24. Denver. Adam Garcia, 19, was shot in the back of the head and is in serious condition after being shot by a man who had
chased him in another car. (Denver Post)
June 22. Denver. Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred at the Montbello home of Chad Garcia. Garcia, 22,
only hours earlier had been acquitted by a jury on charges stemming from a triple slaying in February of 2000. (Rocky Mt. News)
June 20. Denver. Mario Alvarado, 28, was shot to death and his companion Jessie Martinez, 25, was wounded as they were riding
in an automobile on a southwest Denver street. Alvarado and Martinez were approached by a group who were gathered on the sidewalk.
When they reached the car, they started firing. (Denver Post)
June 19. Denver. A juvenile has been arrested in the shooting of Mario DeBaca, 20, who is in critical condition. The shooting may
have been an accident. (Denver Post)
June 12. Northglenn. James Wersen, 29, who had a history of psychiatric problems, fired a shotgun into two neighbor's homes early
Monday before turning the weapon on hismself. Neighbors said Wersen suffered from mood swings and bipolar disorder, had not
been taking his medication, and was drinking. (Denver Post)
June 4. Colorado Springs. Dee Ann Hardy, 41, was killed by a single gunshot to the head. Hardy's body was found in her mobile home
and a sister indicated her car may have been stolen. (Denver Post)
June 4. Troy, Michigan. One day after meeting with student Brooks Brown, and Columbine shooting survivors Mark Taylor,
Richard Castaldo, and filmmaker Michael Moore, Kmart announced that it would stop selling handgun ammunition at all of its stores.
Kmart contended the phase out had nothing to do with the meeting. Denver Post)
May 31. Lakewood. Gary James Soto, 18, was shot and killed during an apparent road rage attack. While stopped at a light,
Soto exchanged words with the driver of a pickup, who then reportedly a passenger in the pickup pulled out a gun and shot Soto.
Soto had been arrested last month for another road rage incident. (Denver Post)
May 28. Denver. The Anti-Defamation League indicated it has begun looking into the tactics of the Tyranny Response Team.
The ADL monitors militia and hate groups. The TRT has used controversial tactics to disrupt gun control rallies, including the
Million Mom March. (Denver Post)
May 28. Colorado Springs. Hyung Lee, owner of Vallie Hi Liquor Store was fatally shot in a robbery. Police later arrested
Robert Joe Hood, 33, for the murder. (Rocky Mt. News)
May 14. Denver. Several hundred people gathered Sunday on the west steps of the capitol to speak about gun violence.
The rally was organized by the Million Mom March. Those who spoke for stronger gun control were met by the boisterous
Tyranny Response Team who indicated "We are going to get in their faces every time this issue comes up." (Denver Post)
May 14. Eagle County. Cleve Williams, an El Jebel rancher, killed one dog and shot another 13 times because they were
chasing his family's ducks. The District Attorney indicated he would not seek charges. (Denver Post)
May 8. Colorado Springs. Police officers shot and wounded Michael Jackson, 52, after he threatened residents of an
apartment with a knife. (Denver Post)
May 6. Denver. Kurt Pydyszewski, 20, apparently took his own life in his parents' home with a gunshot wound to his head.
Pydzyszewski had been arrested in connection with a riot on the UNC campus in late April, and reportedly been depressed
ever since then. (Denver Post)
May 6. Commerce City. Police are searching for a Jose Torres-Gudino, 26, who allegedly shot and killed his wife's ex-husband,
Max Tapia. The men lived next door to each other; the shooting occurred on Torres-Gudino's front lawn. (Denver Post)
May 5. Denver. Jaben Capers was shot in the back as he and a friend, fearing they would be robbed, ran from two masked men
who had pulled alongside them at E. Colfax and Quebec. Anthony Washington, 20 and Jeremiah Gooley, 22, were later charged
in Capers' murder. (Denver Post)
April 27. El Jebel. Coalie, a black labrador, survived at least 15 gunshot wounds. (Rocky Mt. News)
April 27. Denver. The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the six-year sentence given to Mark Manes for illegally selling a handgun to
Columbine gunman Dylan Klebold. Manes also had pled guilty to possession of a sawed-off shotgun. (Rocky Mt. News)
April 21. Adams County. Investigators are baffled by the shooting death of an unidentified victim, who was in the passenger's seat of a
red Camaro on I-76 when the shooting occurred. Passersby tried to help get the man to a hospital, but the victim died before they were
able to get to one. (Rocky Mt. News)
April 18. Denver. Police are looking for a Sara Elizabeth Imani, 20, accused of drawing a black Baretta handgun out of her waistband
and threatening an officer. In an ensuing struggle Imani was disarmed but escaped. The incident occurred on the Auraria campus. (Rocky Mt. News)
April 18. Boulder. A felony weapons charge was filed against a Broomfield youth, 16, who took an unloaded BB gun to Legacy High School.
The car was visible in the car, taking a gun on school grounds (without a CCW permit) is a violation of state law. (Rocky Mt. News)
April 11. Denver. Hal Herbert, 58, was arrested for shooting his wife in the back of her head in their home and then making it look like
she was the victim of a street crime. Carol Herbert's body was found in the trunk of her car. Police believe Hebert was shot with a
.22-caliber handgun that Hal Hebert used for target practice in his basement. A judge later threw out most of the evidence against
Hebert as improperly collected. (Rocky Mt. News)
April 10. Denver. Police responded to a domestic violence argument and ended up shooting and killing Joseph Daniel Martinez, 27,
who was wielding a knife at the time of his death. (Denver Post)
Jan. 22. Haxtun. Miranda Whitaker, 14, shot and killed herself in her own home. Whitaker had suffered serious bouts of depression
after being raped in 1999 by a high school athlete neighbor. (Denver Post)
03/31/2001 Following a confrontation between Marc Bender, 30, and Jason Pecci, 34, in a bar near Horsetooth Reservoir west of
Fort Collins, Bender was shot to death. Pecci was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. Investigators suspected Pecci shot
Bender, who was reportedly unarmed, in the chest with a .357-caliber handgun. (Denver Post 04/03/2001)
03/31/2001 On the first day of Colorado's new law requiring criminal background checks for gunshow purchases, the background
check on a Colorado Springs woman resulted in her arrest on an outstanding warrant for a traffic violation. There were 150 exhibitors,
including 40 private gun sellers, at the 3-day Southern Colorado Sportsman & Arms Expo. Two private sellers left the event in protest
of the background checks. The gun show was a fund-raiser for the Colorado Springs Youth Outreach Center.
(Denver Post 03/31/2001, 04/01/2001)
03/30/2001 Ronald Frank Hartmann asked a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit against him by the families of some Columbine victims.
It was alleged in the suit that Hartmann, a gun-show booth operator, sold a sold a double-barreled shotgun to Robyn Anderson --
who was 18 and able to buy firearms legally -- but handed the gun to Anderson's friend Dylan Klebold. In requesting dismissal of
the case, Hartmann's attorneys said that the families had not alleged that anyone was hurt with the shotgun in the Columbine shootings.
(Denver Post 04/01/2001)
03/30/2001 After Jason Auguillard, 24, and two friends drove away from a Glendale bar, a car they had passed in the parking lot
pulled up and someone opened fire. A bullet went through the windshield and hit Auguillard in the chest. Auguillard continued driving
for two blocks, then pulled over to receive assistance from a Denver Police officer in the area. Auguillard died at Denver Health Medical Center.
His passengers were not injured. (Denver Post 03/31/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 03/31/2001)
03/30/2001 A Kansas jury convicted Craig Davenport (a/k/a Craig Fischer), 39, of the attempted rape and attempted murder of
Charity Maune, 16, on 9/15/2000. Davenport grabbed Maune on a golf course and shot her when she escaped his grip and fled.
In an infamous 1976 crime, Davenport, then 15, shot Denver residents Laura Almon and Leslie Elmer, both 18, as they slept in a
Gilpin County cabin. After serving part of a 30-35 year sentence for murdering Almon and Elmer, Davenport was paroled in 1992.
Sentencing in the Kansas crimes was set for 6/13/2001. (Denver Post 03/25/2001, 03/31/2001)
03/29/2001 A 20-year-old Denver man barricaded himself in his home after his wife, who had summoned police, ran out of the
house and told the police her husband had put her in a kennel and beaten her with a tire iron. Believing the man to be armed with
a handgun, the police called in a SWAT team, who found the man hiding in a closet. Police found no gun, but seized a chain-link
kennel and a tire-iron from the home. The man was arrested; the woman was hospitalized. (Denver Post 03/30/2001)
03/28/2001 A 6-year-old Woodland Park boy shot his mother to death during target practice at a ranch near Punkin Center in
Lincoln County. The boy and his mother, Jill Wells, 37, lay on the ground shooting at a target. The boy had been using a
Chipmunk -- a child's rifle -- but wanted to use his father's lever-action .22-caliber rifle. The father, Mike Wells, reportedly
allowed the boy to fire one shot with the big gun, then walked away to retrieve the Chipmunk from a pickup truck where he
had placed it. After his father turned away, the boy stood up and attempted to reload the father's rifle, which then discharged.
Jill Wells, still prone on the ground, was struck in the head and died immediately, her finger on the trigger of the gun she had
been shooting. Authorities stated the 6-year-old had been shooting and handling guns for about two years.
(Denver Post 03/30/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 03/30/2001)
03/28/2001 A Fort Collins judge found sufficient evidence to schedule a 7/23/2001 trial of Alex Vukodinovich, 15, on charges
of menacing with a deadly weapon and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. Authorities testifying at the hearing characterized
Vukodinovich as the lead conspirator in a plan to kill students at Preston Junior High School. Vukodinovich, Chad Meininger, 15,
and Scott Parent, 14, were arrested in February 2001 after students reported threats. In a separate hearing, Chad Meininger, 15,
who pled guilty for conspiracy to commit assault, was sentenced to 2 years in the youth correction system -- suspended for
completion of community service, a gun safety source, a work program, and counseling. (Denver Post 03/29/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 03/29/2001)
03/27/2001 Northglenn police arrested Thor Sandoval, 27, in connection with the shooting injury of an unnamed woman.
The woman was in stable condition at Denver Health Medical Center following the incident, which police said appeared to be
domestic violence. (Denver Post 03/26/2001)
03/25/2001 In a program to memorialize officers slain in the line of duty, the Denver Police Department announced it would honor
officer Kathleen Garcia by placing a plaque near the place she was gunned down in 1981. Garcia, 24, was killed outside her home
shortly after her shift ended on 3/28/1981. Garcia's murder remains unsolved; a suspect arrested in 1982 was found not guilty at trial.
(Denver Post 03/26/2001)
03/24/2001 Leonard Leroy Lowe, 58, allegedly shot Vida Mary Skaggs, 46, in the head in Lowe's Grand Junction apartment.
Lowe was arrested at his home following a standoff which lasted several hours. Authorities reported that Skaggs, who was in
good condition at St. Mary Corwin Hospital following the shooting, had been struck by a ricochet bullet. (Denver Post 03/26/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 03/27/2001)
03/23/2001 Douglas County sheriff's deputies making a welfare check on Ronald O'Lear, 53, and his wife Cynthia O'Lear, 40,
found them dead in the living room of their Castle Pines North home. Both had been shot in the head. A weapon was found
at the scene, and authorities believed Mr. O'Lear shot his wife and then himself. (Denver Post 03/24/2001, 03/25/2001, 03/27/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 03/27/2001)
03/23/2001 A shooting at a Montbello party killed 14-year-old Felix Sharp and injured Lymas Gaines and Tyler Jones, both 17,
and Cameron Davis, 18. After the shootings, officers found scores of teenagers screaming and running through the neighborhood.
Authorities arrested Donald Robinson, 17, and charged him with first-degree murder, assault, juvenile possession of a handgun,
and two counts of a crime of violence. Authorities sought a second suspect Edward Brown, 19.
(Denver Post 03/24/2001, 03/25/2001, 03/27/2001, 03/31/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 03/24/2001, 03/26/2001, 03/31/2001)
03/21/2001 Authorities arrested Rafaelo Carlos Hernandez, 46, in Yerington, Nevada. Hernandez was suspected in the 1985
shooting death of Mario Frederico Rodriguez, 25, in a Denver alley. (Denver Post 03/22/2001)
03/21/2001 A man armed with an AK-47 or semiautomatic rifle robbed a northwest Denver Wells Fargo bank, disarmed off-duty
Denver police officer Perry Speelman, and fled with cash and the officer's .45-caliber handgun. No one was injured during the robbery.
Nearby schools were locked down while at least 60 officers, including a metro SWAT team, searched for the suspect. Authorities
later recovered a semiautomatic rifle thought to have been used in the robbery and believed the suspect eluded capture by boarding
an RTD bus as officers sealed off the area. Suspect Ramon Contreras Wilson, 22, was arrested at a Commerce City motel on 4/1/2001.
Contreras' criminal record included arrests for drug offenses, traffic violations, interference, resistance, and carrying a concealed weapon.
(Denver Post 03/22/2001, 03/23/2001, 03/24/2001, 03/28/2001, 04/03/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 03/22/2001)
03/20/2001 A 27-year old man was fatally shot during an argument in a Denver apartment. Authorities were seeking a suspect.
(Denver Post 03/22/2001)
03/19/2001 Steven McGonigle entered not guilty pleas to charges relating to an August 2000 crime. McGonigle allegedly went
to the home of a Douglas County teenage girl, told her he had a package for her parents, and attacked her with a stun gun.
The package reportedly contained a holstered handgun, two knives, rubber gloves, rope, handcuffs, pantyhose and a stun gun.
Trial was set for 7/31/2001. (Denver Post 03/21/2001)
03/16/2001 Colorado Springs Police officer Dale Zehner shot Timothy Gladden, 37, in the shoulder in a domestic-violence
disturbance at a hotel. The El Paso County District Attorney's office later determined that Zehner, a 14-year veteran of the
department, was justified in shooting Gladden, who allegedly was wielding a knife and making threats. Gladden was treated
at a hospital and then arrested. (Denver Post 03/29/2001)
03/16/2001 Brothers George and Steven Murillo, 22 and 26, died of gunshot wounds sustained during an argument at
Lakewood's Green Gables Apartments. Authorities sought suspect Jeremy Jermaine Peoples, 20, in connection with the
shooting. Jose Angel "Wetto" Lozoya, 19, who was thought to have shot and injured Steven Murillo's girlfriend after the
Murillo brothers were shot, surrendered to police on 3/29/2001. The girlfriend (whose name was not released) was in fair
condition at St. Anthony Central Hospital following the shooting.
(Denver Post 03/18/2001, 03/20/2001, 03/21/2001, 03/23/2001, 03/30/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 03/17/2001)
03/15/2001 A Denver jury convicted Kareem Stevenson, 22, of second-degree murder, attempted manslaughter, and assault
in connection with the 2/24/2000 shooting deaths of three men -- Percy Thompson Sr., 43, Percy Thompson Jr., 18, and
Clarence Blaine Jr., 25 -- and the shooting injuries of two more -- Clarence Brown and Robert Curry, then 43 and 44.
It was alleged that Stevenson and Chad Garcia, 22, interrupted a game of dominoes in the basement of the Thompsons'
Montbello home, after which Garcia had a brief conversation with one of the victims regarding drugs and then opened fire.
Defense attorneys argued that Stevenson, fearing for his life, shot his way out of the house in panic; prosecutors said the
shootings were done methodically, in cold blood. Defense attorneys said Stevenson was armed when he entered the house
but had not planned to use the gun -- that he carried the gun with him everywhere he went. Stevenson was to be sentenced
5/3/2001. Garcia's trial was to begin in May 2001. (Denver Post 03/16/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 03/14/2001, 03/16/2001)
03/14/2001 When a Colorado Springs police officer responded to a call reporting a man pacing between the caller's back
yard and a nearby gas station for about 4 hours, the man told the officer he had a knife and fled. When officers searching for
the man opened a shed, the man lunged at them, knife in hand. An officer fatally shot him in the head. (Denver Post 03/15/2001)
03/12/2001 A man claiming to have a weapon robbed FirstBank in Westminster on 3/12/2001 and World Savings in
Westminster the following day. In both robberies, the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. (Denver Post 03/17/2001)
03/12/2001 An unnamed 15-year-old boy was shot in the abdomen during a burglary at a Lakewood home. Authorities
believed the boy was shot when an accomplice's small-caliber handgun discharged during a struggle with a resident of the home.
Police arrested Lucas Steinwart, 18, and Roger Crane, 35, in a nearby parking lot and warned area residents and students to
be on the lookout for the handgun and a third suspect. (Denver Post 03/15/2001)
03/12/2001 Everitt McKenzie, Jr., 29, allegedly robbed Payday Loans, a Colorado Springs check-cashing business, eluded
police by jumping into the back of a moving pickup truck, and then pointed a gun through a window at the driver -- who jumped
out of the truck. The suspect -- with police in pursuit -- drove off in the truck, collided with two other cars, jumped out of the truck,
pointed the gun first at a driver who sped away and then at another driver who accelerated and caused the suspect to drop the gun
into his car. The suspect then ran to a nearby parking lot and broke out the window of a minivan -- injuring the driver -- after which
a police officer apprehended the suspect. McKenzie was to be charged with robbery, assault, and assault on a police officer.
(Denver Post 03/13/2001)
03/12/2001 A federal judge in Arizona sentenced Robert Spangler, 68, to life in prison for pushing his third wife, Donna Spangler,
off the rim of the Grand Canyon in 1993. In his plea agreement, Spangler confessed to shooting his first wife, Nancy Spangler,
and their two teenage children to death in their Littleton home in 1978. Spangler was reported to be terminally ill.
(Denver Post 03/13/2001)
03/09/2001 Jonathan Edward Matheny, 17, and Isaac Robin McCain Grimes,15, both of Colorado Springs, were charged
with first-degree homicide in the New Year's Eve killings of Carl and Joanna Dutcher, 60 and 58, and their grandson Anthony
Dutcher, 15, near the Park County community of Guffey. Grimes reportedly confessed that he slashed Anthony Dutcher's throat
while Matheny shot Carl and Joanna Dutcher multiple times with an assault rifle. Grimes, who had been a classmate of Anthony
Dutcher, reportedly told authorities that Carl Dutcher had taught him how to shoot a high-powered rifle and that the boys had
stolen 30 weapons from Carl Dutcher (a gun collector). After searching two Colorado Springs homes, authorities recovered
approximately 40 weapons, including at least 7 semi-automatic assault rifles -- one of them the AK-47 allegedly used to kill
the Dutchers, 8 .22-caliber rifles or pistols and 11 12-gauge shotguns. Park County District Attorney Dave Thorson stated
that the Dutchers' home contained a huge cache of weapons which Grimes and Matheny did not take. Grimes' attorney stated
that Grimes and Matheny belonged to the The Organization, an arm of the People's Progressive Party, a political group based
in Guyana. (Denver Post 03/10/3001, 03/14/2001, 03/16/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 03/16/2001)
03/09/2001 A 14-year-old boy was removed from Northglenn's Northeast Middle school following reports that he had threatened
other students. The boy was later charged with 20 counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder for allegedly asking two
students to help him kill 10 other students. The boy was also charged with menacing. (Denver Post 03/15/2001, 03/21/2001)
03/09/2001 When a resident living near Lyons Middle School called authorities to report seeing a student walking toward the
school with a gun, two state troops and three Boulder sheriff's deputies rushed to the school. The student was part of a group making
a film; the gun was plastic; the school knew about the filming but didn't know a gun was involved. (Denver Post 03/10/2001)
03/07/2001 Steamboat Springs Middle School suspended two students for 5 days after classmates reported they had made threats.
One boy allegedly said he was "going to pull a Columbine"; the other that he was "going to pull his 9 [mm.] and bust a cap." The Routt
County Sheriff's office investigated and determined there was no substance to the boys' remarks. (Denver Post 03/10/2001)
03/07/2001 An audit of the Denver Police Department's property bureau revealed that a handgun and three batches of money were missing.
The FBI joined the police department in its investigation because the missing items included evidence in cases jointly investigated jointly by
the FBI and the police. (Denver Post 03/08/2001, 03/13/2001)
03/06/2001 Columbine High School student Richard Hoover, 18, received an on-line message warning him not to go to school because
"it's going to happen again." Authorities arrested 18-year-old Patrick Smith of Walkersville, Maryland, in connection with the threat.
Authorities believed Smith had also sent threatening e-mails to two Santee, California students. (Denver Post 03/11/2001, 03/12/2001)
03/06/2001 A federal jury awarded former Denver police officer Robert Schneider $75,000 in a civil suit. In March 1998, Schneider,
an 18-year veteran of the metro SWAT team, testified in the trial of fellow officer Rick Spinharney, who had been involved in a shooting.
Schneider testified that the police department didn't offer its officers enough training in "decisional" shooting (when to shoot and when not to shoot)
and three weeks later he was removed from the SWAT team and reassigned against his will to the police academy. Schneider claimed
that the reassingment was retaliation for his testimony. (Denver Post 03/07/2001)
03/06/2001 A federal court jury convicted Dale Challoner, 26, of seven charges in the September 2000 La Junta bank robbery attempt
in which Challoner and 6 other people firebombed a school to distract police, then kidnapped Colorado East Bank & Trust president
Gregg Mullins and took him to the bank to open the vault (which Mullins -- who didn't have his glasses with him -- was unable to do),
and held Mary Mullins hostage. Challoner faced a mandatory prison sentence of at least 65 years -- including 25 years for a second
conviction of using a firearm. Of the 6 other suspects, 4 pled guilty; one was released; and one, Isaac Ortiz, 21, pled guilty and agreed
to testify against Challoner but later reneged on the agreement. U.S. Attorney Tom Strickland said Ortiz' plea agreement would be
reviewed and he might go to trial. (Denver Post 03/06/2001, 03/07/2001)
03/04/2001 Igancio Rangel, 31, was believed to have shot his wife, a man thought to be the wife's boyfriend, and then himself at a
home in the Salt Creek area near Pueblo. All three died of their injuries. Rangel's wife and the other victim were not identified. The
wife's daughters, ages 17 and 12, were in the house and the younger girl was thought to have witnessed the shootings.
(Denver Post 03/05/2001)
03/03/2001 Convicted murder Marvin Gayle Gray, 46, confessed to killing 23 people between 1973 and 1992, including Joseph Didier
of Aurora, who was shot in 1975, and Joseph Soliz of Denver, who was shot in 1992. Gray also confessed to the 1975 non-fatal shooting
of South San Francisco police chief James Datzman in Denver. Gray was charged in the Didier and Soliz shooting deaths but the Soliz
charge was later dropped. Authorities were skeptical about some of the confessions. Gray is serving 3 life sentences for crimes he was
convicted of in 1992. (Denver Post 03/04/2001)
03/02/2001 Denver police detective Kevin Jackson, 31, a 10-year police veteran assigned to the metro gang task force, accidentally shot
himself with his 9 mm. semiautomatic weapon. When the gun discharged, Jackson was in his unmarked police car outside the police shooting
range where he was scheduled to participate in a routine demonstration of his shooting proficiency. One bullet went through Jackson's left hand
and into his left thigh, fracturing his femur. Jackson was in serious but stable condition following surgery. (Denver Post 03/03/2001, 03/04/2001)
03/02/2001 Denver's Public Safety Review Commission voted to pursue an investigation into Manuel Moreno-Delgado's 1996 shooting
death by Denver police officer Michael Pace. (Denver Post 03/03/2001)
03/02/2001 An Adams County jury convicted John Raymond Sweeney of conspiracy and being an accessory to the 12/4/1998 murder
of Wayne Craig, 29, who was gunned down in the backyard of his Northglenn home four days before he was to testify against Jesse Lee
Wilkinson for the April 1998 robbery of a Holiday Inn. Sweeney, a habitual criminal, was to be sentenced on 5/4/2001 and faced up to
72 years in prison. Wilkinson was scheduled to be tried for Craig's murder on 5/15/2001. (Denver Post 03/03/2001)
03/01/2001 A gunman robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in Lakewood and fled in a pickup truck before anyone in the bank besides the teller
he had robbed realized a robbery had occurred. (Denver Post 03/03/2001)
02/28/2001 David Mercado, 36, allegedly entered Liberty Savings Bank in Englewood, pulled a mask over his face and approached a teller.
An off-duty police officer working as a security guard at the bank confronted the masked man and, when the suspect reached toward a gun
tucked in his belt, shot him twice with a .40-caliber pistol, hitting him once in the abdomen. Mercado died later at Swedish Medical Center.
Authorities were investigating a possible connection between Mercado and a previous robbery of the same bank on 2/20/2001, two robberies
at World Savings on 2/8/2001 and 2/26/2001, and a string of hotel robberies along the I-70 corridor in Denver. Authorities later stated that
Mercado had heroin and cocaine in his system. (Denver Post 03/01/2001, 03/02/2001, 03/09/2001)
02/27/2001 Denver City Jail authorities found a 9 mm. pistol containing one bullet hidden under a bundle of toilet paper in a holding cell and
a magazine containing bullets hidden in a ventilation shaft. Authorities suspected the gun was smuggled in by an inmate in a wheelchair.
(Denver Post 03/08/2001, 03/10/2001)
02/27/2001 Chad Meininger, 15, pled guilty to conspiracy to commit assault, for allegedly planning a rampage shooting for Preston Jr.
High School in Fort Collins. Sentencing was set for 3/28/2001. (Denver Post 02/28/2001)
02/24/2001 U.S. Department of Justice officials stated that they were weighing a possible prosecution for civil rights violations in the
9/29/1999 shooting of Ismael Mena by Denver police. (Denver Post 02/24/2001)
02/23/2001 Summit Ridge Middle School authorities found a notebook containing an apparent hit list, a map of the school, and internet
information about weapons and bombs in the locker of a 13-year-old girl after another student reported the girl had asked him to help her
draw a floorplan of the school. Jefferson County authorities took the girl into custody and searched her home, finding no weapons or
bomb-making materials. (Denver Post 02/27/2001)
02/23/2001 Jefferson County authorities released a summary of the autopsy of Columbine High School gunman Dylan Klebold. The
pathologist reported that the gunshot wound to Klebold's head was consistent with a self-inflicted wound. (Denver Post 02/24/2001)
02/22/2001 While target shooting with three friends at a retention pond in rural Boulder County, Timo Sandoval, 16, of Longmont, was
fatally shot in the head. A Boulder County Sheriff's Sgt. reported that Sandoval, who wanted to take his turn shooting, had grabbed a
12-gauge shotgun from the friend who had been shooting it and the gun discharged. (Denver Post 02/23/2001, 02/24/2001)
02/22/2001 Robert Thomas, 46, telephoned Thornton police and reported that his brother, Craig Thomas, was threatening him with a gun.
Authorities locked down four Thornton schools during the search for Craig Thomas, which was called off when authorities were confident
he had left the area. (Denver Post 02/32/3001)
02/21/2001 A jury sentenced Jesse Lee Wilkinson, 24, to 30 years for armed robbery and assaulting an at-risk adult. The case involved
a forced entry into a Jefferson County home where the home owner was tied up and jewelry was stolen. Wilkinson was awaiting trial on
first-degree murder charges in the December 1998 shooting death of Wayne Craig, 29, in Adams County. (Denver Post 02/22/2001)
02/20/2001 A man in a ski mask brandished a gun as he robbed Englewood's Liberty Savings Bank. As the robber fled, red dye packets
given to him with the money exploded. (Denver Post 02/22/2001)
02/19/2001 Sheridan police arrested Mike J. Johnson, 28, on suspicion of firing two shots at a motorcyclist in an apparent road rage
incident on U.S. 285 west of Santa Fe Drive. The motorcyclist was not injured. (Denver Post 02/21/2001)
02/16/2001 The Colorado Court of Appeals upheld the murder conviction of David Gordon, 54, for shooting his girlfriend, Angela Foulks,
44, in March 1998. Gordon had claimed he found Foulks in misery after a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and then shot her.
(Denver Post 02/17/2001)
02/15/2001 John Wayne Sweeney went on trial for the December 1998 murder of Wayne Craig, 29. Craig was shot outside his
Northglenn home several days before he was scheduled to testify against Sweeney's friend Jessie Wilkinson, 24, on robbery charges.
Wilkinson was also charged in Craig's murder and was awaiting trial, and a third suspect had been convicted of conspiracy.
(Denver Post 02/16/2001)
02/14/2001 Longmont High School suspended a 14-year-old student who allegedly borrowed a handgun to protect himself from
older students. The boy admitted receiving the gun from another student but denied taking it to school. Longmont police stated they
couldn't prove that he had, and they found no ammunition with the gun. The boy was charged with gun possession by a juvenile, and
another student, age 17, was charged with providing a handgun to a juvenile and possession of a handgun by a juvenile. (Denver Post 02/21/2001)
02/14/2001 Larimer County authorities released Scott Parent, 14, from a youth detention center and into the custody of his parents.
A judge ordered Parent, charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder for allegedly planning to kill students at Fort Collins'
Preston Jr. High School, to wear an ankle bracelet while under house arrest. The Judge ordered his mother and father not to keep firearms.
(Denver Post 02/15/2001)
02/14/2001 A jury convicted Brian Avery Howe of the 10/31/2000 armed robbery of First Bank of Greeley. Howe had been arrested
after he used red-dyed cash to pay for a money order. Sentencing was set for 5/11/2001. (Denver Post 02/15/2001)
02/14/2001 Denver police arrested Damian Burton, 18, on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with the 1/9/2001 shooting of
John "JJ" Moore outside a Denver liquor store. (Denver Post 02/15/2001)
02/13/2001 Fort Carson Private First Class Nikia Shanks, 25, received a dishonorable discharge, a reduction in rank, and a 13-year
sentence after he pled guilty to three charges in a court martial. Prosecutors claimed Shanks pointed a gun at employees of a McDonald's
restaurant in Fountain as he and another soldier robbed the restaurant on 12/14/2000 while five other soldiers stood watch outside.
(Denver Post 02/14/2001)
02/13/2001 Texas and Georgia authorities arrested three suspects in the 1/3/2001 robbery of Denver's Colorado State Bank & Trust,
DeVaughn Hudley and Dominic Rollins, both 27, and Jason Jones, 20. (Denver Post 02/14/2001)
02/12/2001 One 15 year old student at Fairview High School in Boulder found two 22-caliber bullets near school lockers, and another
student received an e-mail containing threats against students. Authorities investigated and found no weapons and no other ammunition.
(Denver Post 02/14/2001, 02/15/2001)
02/12/2001 Gun locks distributed by law enforcement agencies in the metropolitan Denver area (Denver and Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder,
Douglas and Jefferson Counties) were recalled after it was determined the locks could be opened without a key. The locks were part of a
National Shooting Sports Foundation program called Project HomeSafe. (Denver Post 02/13/2001)
02/10/2001 A group of men got into a fight outside a southwest Denver home where Chris Quintana, 22, was attending a party; gunshots
fired through the door hit Quintana in the head and killed him. Suspect Daniel Nieves, Jr., 21, later surrendered to police.
(Denver Post 02/11/2001, 02/12/2001, 02/13/2001)
02/09/2001 Army Sgt. Richard Robak, Jr., 25, of Vona, Colorado, was shot to death in a routine "blank-fire" training exercise at
Ft. Benning, Georgia, when a soldier who had mistakenly been given live ammunition fired two rounds at Robak at close range.
(Denver Post 02/12/2001)
02/09/2001 Kelly Grizzell filed a lawsuit against the owner of the Subway sandwich shop where Grizzell's daughter Stephanie Hart,
15, and Hart's friend Nick Kunselman, 14, were shot to death on 2/14/2000. Grizzell alleged in the suit that the shop owner,
Joseph H. Hartman, Jr., turned his back on drug dealing which could have led to the shootings. No arrests had been made and the
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department's investigation was continuing. (Denver Post 02/11/2001)
02/09/2001 An attorney representing the family of Manuel Moreno Delgado filed a civil rights lawsuit alleging that Denver police officer
Michael Pace shot Delgado on 12/22/1996 in a fit of road rage and then lied about the event, claiming that Delgado, 30, had fired at him
during a traffic altercation, reloaded, and pointed the gun at him again. Denver's Public Safety Review Commission reported in
November 2000 that a photograph raised serious questions about the case. (Denver Post 02/10/2001, 02/15/2001)
02/08/2001 When Kremmling police officers and State Trooper Jack Desanti went to the home of Brian Pannebaker to check on his
welfare, they found him in a pickup truck with the engine running and a hose attached to the tailpipe. Pannebaker, 31, smashed a window
and climbed out of the truck brandishing a butcher knife, and Desanti shot him. Pannebaker died later at Kremmling Memorial Hospital.
Pannebaker had been sentenced to a 3-day jail term for menacing and prohibited use of a firearm while intoxicated -- in a 12/26/2000 incident --
but had not yet reported to jail. Authorities had confiscated a 22 rifle following the December incident. (Denver Post 02/10/2001)
02/08/2001 For 3 hours Aurora police officers negotiated with Charles Hillery, 43 and wanted on domestic assault and forgery charges,
at his home. Nearby Laredo Elementary School was locked down during the standoff, which ended without violence. Authorities arrested
Hillery and found no gun. (Denver Post 02/09/2001)
02/08/2001 Anthony Wiser, 19, fatally shot himself in the head with a 9 mm Glock he may have received as a birthday gift the day before.
Wiser was in his Lakewood apartment with two friends at the time of the apparently unintentional shooting. (Denver Post 02/09/2001)
02/08/2001 Mark Manes, 23, asked the Colorado Court of Appeals to return his case to the trial judge for reconsideration of the 6-year
sentence Manes received for providing a TEC-DC9 semiautomatic handgun to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold three months before the
Columbine shootings (Manes pled guilty to providing a handgun to a minor). The court declined. (Denver Post 02/09/2001, 02/14/2001)
02/07/2001 Jefferson County authorities released summaries of the autopsies of 11 Columbine victims. (Denver Post 02/12/2001)
02/07/2001 Fort Collins authorities charged Alexander Vukodinovich and Scott Parent, both 14, with conspiracy to commit murder and
Chad Meininger, 15, with conspiracy to commit assault, for allegedly planning a rampage shooting for Preston Jr. High School. Following
reports by students on 1/12/2001 that the three boys had threatened to kill people at school, authorities found ammunition and weapons
they believed the boys were planning to use in the attack (two rifles, a double-barreled shotgun, a 38-caliber handgun, and a TEC-9 semiautomatic
handgun), a propane tank and detailed sketches of the school. Vukodinovich's stepfather owned the guns.
(Denver Post 02/08/2001, 02/09/2001, 02/10/2001, 02/11/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 02/08/2001, 02/09/2001)
02/03/2001 When William Hollinger, 32, attempted to buy a 22 pistol from a Westminster Gart Brothers store, he allegedly told the clerk
filling out a CBI background check form that he had never been charged with or convicted of a felony. The CBI denied to clear Hollinger
for the purchase because of pending charges for felony assault on a police officer and second-degree assault, stemming from a May 2000
incident in which Hollinger allegedly punched a Westminter police officer in the face and broke his finger when the officer stopped Hollinger
for a minor traffic offense. Hollinger was arrested on charges of giving false information to a firearms dealer while trying to purchase a weapon.
Prior to Hollinger's attempt to buy the gun, his psychologist had reported under Colorado's "duty to warn" statute that Hollinger had told
him he was going to kill the Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney who had charged him following the incident with the police officer
and then kill himself. (Denver Post 02/10/2001)
02/03/2001 A man brandishing a handgun robbed the Union Colony Bank in Greeley. No one was injured in the robbery, which was the
city's fifth armed robbery or attempted armed robbery in a month. (Denver Post 02/06/2001)
02/03/2001 A Commerce City police officer shot Aris Refugio-Flores in the head when he attempted to flee from police outside the
home of Jose Luis Esquibel, 21, where police were investigating Esquibel's disappearance and arson demands received by Esquibel's
mother. Refugio-Flores, 52, then crashed his truck into a garage. Police and a SWAT team rescued Esquibel from an Aurora apartment
after he had been in the hands of his kidnappers more than 48 hours and arrested five suspects in the kidnapping. Police believed drugs
played a role in the kidnapping, and arrested Esquibel on unrelated drug charges. On 2/9/2001, Adams County prosecutors charged
Adrian Enriquez-Chavez, 27, and Martin Gomez-Soto, 22, with kidnapping, conspiracy and extortion. Authorities stated that they were
investigating Refugio-Flores, who was in serious condition at Denver Health Medical Center. The three other suspects arrested when
Esquibel was freed from his kidnappers were not charged, and authorities stated that the kidnappers were seeking to collect a debt that
was not owed by Esquibel. (Denver Post 02/04/2001, 02/05/2001, 02/06/2001, 02/10/2001)
02/03/2001 Denver police officer Moses Rodriquez shot and killed Abran Lovato, 32. Police were in the 1400 block of South Tejon St.
on an unrelated call when they heard gunshots nearby and then saw Lovato running with a gun. Lovato allegedly ignored orders to drop
the gun, then turned and raised his gun, and Rodriguez shot Lovato three times. Police determined that someone had shot into a home in
the 1900 block of West Arkansas. (Denver Post 02/04/2001, 02/05/2001, 02/06/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 02/04/2001)
02/02/2001 A Colorado Springs judge sentenced Wesley Safford to 30 years in prison for shooting his wife, Barbara Safford, in June 2000.
Mr. Safford, 52, pled guilty to second-degree murder after Mrs. Safford's body was found in the bathtub of their Calhan home.
(Denver Post 02/05/2001)
02/02/2001 A fistfight broke out at Denver's East High School at the conclusion of a cheerleading and dance competition. Police received
reports that gunshots were heard, and squad cars, a helicopter, and the city's manager of safety converged on the school and dispersed the
crowd. Police determined the sounds had not been gunshots, but probably came from a nearby automobile accident. (Denver Post 02/03/2001)
02/02/2001 Diane Wagoner, a relative of a Cortez high school student, complained to a Cortez newspaper about two classroom
experiments testing students' powers of observation. One experiment involved the mock shooting of teacher Don Kuhlmann by a student;
the other a mock knifing. (Denver Post 02/03/2001)
02/02/2001 Jessica Gonzales stated that she planned to appeal the dismissal of her civil rights lawsuit against Castle Rock police.
Gonzales claimed in the suit that the police department failed to enforce a restraining order against her husband, Simon Gonzales, leading
to the deaths of Rebecca, Katheryn, and Leslie Gonzales, aged 10, 9 and 7, when Simon Gonzales shot them. (Denver Post 02/03/2001)
02/01/2001 Wielding a shotgun, David Rodenburg, 25, pursued his father-in-law, Jose Aragon, 54, through a Windsor neighborhood,
shooting him several times. Aragon collapsed outside a neighbor's home, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities later discovered
Rodenburg dead of apparently self-inflicted gunshot wounds in a bathtub at the Aragon home. On the day before the shootings, Rodenburg
was arrested in Fort Collins on a charge of armed robbery, then released on bond. Windsor Police Chief John Michaels said later that
Rodenburg had planned suicide because he was almost sure to go to jail and had murdered Aragon in order to protect Aragon's wife
from abuse and threats by Aragon. (Denver Post 02/02/2001, 02/03/2001, 02/08/2001)
01/31/2001 Five suspects pled guilty in a crime spree which began with the firebombing of an empty La Junta school early in the morning
of 9/12/2000. Isaac Ortiz, 21, agreed to testify against Dale Challoner, 25, who allegedly threw a gasoline-filled bottle through a window
at the New Columbian School as a diversion, shortly before he and Ortiz, armed with a shotgun and a knife, entered the home of bank
president Gregg Mullins and his wife, Mary Mullins. Ortiz allegedly bound Mrs. Mullins, struck her with his hand and threatened her
with the knife; Challoner allegedly hit Mr. Mullins with the shotgun and forced him to drive to the bank at gunpoint. When they reached
the bank, Mr. Mullins, 67 and lacking his eyeglasses, was unable to open the vault. On 2/26/2001, Challoner went to trial on eight charges,
including conspiracy to commit bank robbery and use of a firearm during a violent crime. (Denver Post 02/01/2001, 02/27/2001)
01/30/2001 Cedaredge police chief Tom Early concluded a 4-month investigation into the death of Steve Ruck, stating that Ruck's
death was a suicide. Ruck, 31, was in the bedroom of neighbor John Wells' trailer home on 10/6/2000 when he died of a gunshot to
the head. Gay rights groups, citing circumstantial evidence indicating possible foul play, called the death a hate crime. (Denver Post 02/03/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 02/07/2001)
01/30/2001 A Jefferson County judge ordered release of the full autopsy report on Columbine victim Daniel Rohrbough and autopsy
summaries containing opinions as to cause of death of others killed in the massacre. The Rohrbough report was released because of
the Rohrbough family's pending lawsuit claiming Rohrbough was shot and killed by police. Summaries of the other autopsies were
released in response to a suit by The Denver Post. (Denver Post 01/31/2001)
01/25/2001 Katica Crippen, 33, of Colorado Springs, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to possession of a firearm by a felon after
allegedly posing nude with weapons for photographs posted on the internet. Crippen had a previous drug conviction and alleged ties
to a motorcycle gang, and was alleged to have boasted that she wouldn't hesitate to shoot a police officer. Crippen's guilty plea followed
a 1/17/2001 hearing at which the judge required prosecutors to justify the charges, ordering them and the defense attorney to reconsider
the case and any plea agreement they were considering. (Denver Post 01/26/2001, 01/18/2001)
01/25/2001 A neighbor spotted the body of Thad Tigges, 33, just inside the open door of his north Denver home. Tigges had been
shot several times with an automatic handgun. (Denver Post 01/26/2001, 01/27/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/27/2001)
01/23/2001 A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against the Castle Rock police department by Jessica Gonzales, the mother of
Rebecca Gonzales, 10, Katheryn Gonzales, 9, and Leslie Gonzales, 7. The three girls had been shot to death by their father,
Simon Gonzales, in June 1999. The judge ruled that Jessica Gonzales had failed to show that the behavior of the police department
had deprived her of her constitutional rights. Ms. Gonzales had claimed that the police department's failure to enforce a temporary
restraining order against Mr. Gonzales had resulted in the girls' murder. (Denver Post 01/26/2001)
01/23/2001 The attorney for Matthew Fisher, 17, requested a postponement of Fisher's trial so Fisher could undergo a mental
evaluation. Fisher is charged with first-degree murder in the January 1999 shooting death of Ft. Collins 14-year-old Joshua Harman.
It is alleged that Harman was shot while chasing someone who stole his dirt bike. (Denver Post 01/24/2001)
Jan. 22. Haxtun. Miranda Whitaker, 14, shot and killed herself in her own home. Whitaker had suffered serious bouts of depression
after being raped in 1999 by a high school athlete neighbor. (Denver Post)
01/22/2001 A relative found a 72-year-old man and his 59-year-old wife dead in their home in the Woodmoor area north of Colorado Springs.
Weapons were found in the home and murder-suicide had not been ruled out. (Denver Post 01/23/2001)
01/22/2001 An Aspen jury convicted Anthony Rizzutto, 20, of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, and theft from a
condominium office. Rizzutto had an earlier conviction relating to the theft of an SUV and three shotguns, and was among 12 Aspen area
locals arrested in an August-September 1999 crime spree which included armed robberies of markets and burglaries of area businesses.
(Denver Post 01/23/2001)
01/22/2001 Authorities arrested four of seven heavily armed escaped Texas convicts at a Woodland Park RV park where they were
thought to have been living for three weeks. Arrested at the RV park were George Rivas, 30, Joseph Garcia, 29, Michael Rodriguez, 28,
and Randy Halprin, 23. A fifth fugitive, Larry Harper, 37, shot himself to death. Patrick Murphy, Jr., 39, and Donald Newbury, 38,
were arrested 1/24/2001 at a Colorado Springs motel. 37 guns were found in the motor home at the RV park; 12 guns in the motel
room; and 11 guns in an SUV used by the fugitives. No one was injured in the arrests. When captured, Halprin had a gunshot wound
in his foot, possibly sustained when the fugitives stole guns from a Texas sporting goods store in December. (Denver Post 01/23/2001,
01/25/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/24/2001)
01/22/2001 Boulder authorities believe Robert Warder, 46, drunk and upset over a breakup with this girlfriend, shot his friend,
Robert Byers, 45, with a handgun in a Boulder dental lab, then turned the gun on himself. Both died. Warder's girlfriend was at the
lab but left to call the police after Warder pulled a gun; Byers stayed behind to calm him. (Denver Post 01/23/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 01/23/2001)
01/21/2001 A Longmont man allegedly walked into a Lyons Subway sandwich shop, threatened an employee with a gun, took
money from the cash register, and fled. The employee provided the suspect's name to authorities, who made an arrest the following day.
(Denver Post 01/24/2001)
01/20/2001 Wheat Ridge authorities found Eric Martinez, 22, shot, and his unconscious roommate, Koleen Penn, 43, with a gun in
her hand, in the apartment they shared with a third roommate, Michael Jon Olson, 50. Suspecting that Martinez and Penn voluntarily
took rohypnol provided by Olson, who then shot Martinez and placed the gun in Penn's hand, authorities arrested Olson on suspicion
of first degree murder. (Denver Post 01/23/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/23/2001)
01/19/2001 Damien Bryce Fennely, 19, granted Arapahoe County Sheriff's Sgt. Mark Fisher permission to search her car, and then told
him that she had a gun which her grandfather had used to shoot her father. Fisher recovered a handgun from the car. Denver authorities
confirmed that Fennely's grandfather had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder a week earlier. Fennely was arrested on charges
of carrying a concealed weapon and giving a false name. (Rocky Mtn. News 01/21/2001)
01/19/2001 Jeremy Green, 28, was shot to death in the front yard of a small apartment complex in Aurora. Neighbors reported hearing
an argument followed by a single gunshot. Exactly one month earlier, Edilberto Tovar-Calderon, 36, and his son Luis Miguel Tovar, 17,
were shot to death only three doors away on the same block. (Denver Post 01/21/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/22/2001)
01/19/2001 The City and County of Denver agreed to pay a $1.2 million settlement in a lawsuit brought by DeShawn Hollis. Hollis was
left a quadriplegic after he was shot in the back by Officer Keith Cowgill in January 1998 while Hollis, then 12, was fleeing a burglary
(for which Hollis pled guilty and served probation). Cowgill claimed Hollis had pointed a gun at him and the District Attorney's office
had determined the shooting was justified, but Hollis' attorney said, "you don't shoot a child running away, especially if he has no gun
in his hand." (Denver Post 01/20/2001, 01/30/2001, 01/23/2001)
01/19/2001 Rae Carruth, a former University of Colorado football player, was acquitted of first degree murder but convicted of
conspiracy in the November 1999 shooting death of his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, 24, in North Carolina. At the time of
the shooting, Carruth, 26, was a member of the Carolina Panthers. Carruth was later sentenced to 18 to 24 years in jail. Cherica
Adams lived for a month following her shooting; during that time her son, Chancellor Lee Adams, was delivered. Ms. Adams' mother
reported at Carruth's sentencing that the infant had cerebral palsy. (Denver Post 01/20/2001, 01/23/2001)
01/19/2001 Westminster police officer Tom Bunten exchanged fire with Matthew Arroyo, 21, following a car chase after Bunten attempted
to pull the car over for a traffic violation. Bunten, 31, was wounded in the arm. Arroyo fled on foot and was arrested by a SWAT team after
he was located in a Lakewood attic at the end of a 12-hour manhunt during which area schools were locked down. Arroyo had abdominal
wounds. A handgun was found in the car. Paul Allen Luther, 26, a passenger in the car, was also arrested. Arroyo was charged on
1/24/2001 with first-degree assault, attempted murder, attempted motor vehicle theft, theft by receiving, and vehicular eluding.
(Denver Post 01/20/2001, 01/23/2001, 01/25/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/21/2001)
01/18/2001 Arapahoe County authorities charged a boy with burglary and criminal mischief after he was found hiding in a closet in a
model home. The boy told police he was homeless and broke into the home to take a bath. Police found a BB gun in the boy's jacket;
he said he used it for protection on the streets. (Denver Post 01/20/2001)
01/18/2001 The Colorado Court Appeals ruled that Jeremiah Barnum, 28, should receive a new trial for the November 1997 hate
shooting at a Denver bus stop that left Oumar Dia, 38, dead and Jeannie Van Velkinburgh, 37, paralyzed. The court ruled that a taped
confession by co-defendant Nathan Thill was improperly shown at Barnum's trial. Denver District Attorney Bill Ritter revealed on
1/29/2001 that he planned to appeal the ruling. (Denver Post 01/19/2001, 01/30/2001)
01/16/2001 The Boulder City Council made seven changes to the city's gun ordinance, including requiring gun owners to use cases
for carrying guns in public (with exceptions for persons with permits to carry concealed weapons); prohibiting minors from possessing
rifles or shotguns (with exceptions relating to parental supervision, hunting, target shooting, and safety training); and protecting gun
owners from civil cases if a gun stolen from them is used in a subsequent crime. (Denver Post 01/17/2001)
01/16/2001 Denver Police officials issued Officer Joseph Bini a 3-month suspension without pay for his role in the death of Ismael
Mena in 1999. Mena was shot to death by a SWAT team executing a no-knock drug raid based on a warrant showing an incorrect
address and signed by Bini. Following a December 2000 guilty plea to first-degree misconduct, a misdemeanor, Bini was sentenced
to community service. Denver's Safety Manager stated on 1/17/2001 that Mena would be assigned to desk work when he returned
to duty. (Denver Post 01/17/2001, 01/18/2001)
01/13/2001 A 13-year-old boy allegedly shot an 11-year-old boy in the thigh with a .357 Magnum revolver belonging to the 11-year-old's father.
The two boys were alone in the Pine Junction home of the 11-year- old when the shooting occurred. The 13-year-old was taken to
Mount View Youth Services Center. (Denver Post 01/14/2001)
01/12/2001 A federal judge denied motions to dismiss any defendants in wrongful death lawsuits filed by families of the victims of
the Columbine High School massacre. (Denver Post 01/13/2001)
01/09/2001 Derrick Miller, age 17, pled guilty in Colorado Springs to 2nd degree murder and aggravated robbery in the July 1999
killing of Kristopher Lohmeyer, who was shot to death in Old Colorado City in a carjacking attempt. Miller was sentenced to 75 years
in prison; codefendant Michael Brown, who also pled guilty, was sentenced to 70 years. A third defendant, Andrew Medina, was
scheduled to be tried 2/6/2001. (Denver Post 01/10/2001)
01/09/2001 The Colorado Springs City Council rescinded an ordinance prohibiting felons from holding office. Community leader Rev.
Promise Lee, a likely candidate for the City Council, had suggested that the ordinance was enacted to prevent him from running for office.
At age 15, Lee had shot and killed a Fort Carson soldier after a drug deal; upon conviction of 2nd degree murder in 1974, Lee served
four years in prison, was paroled, and later became pastor of the Relevant Word Ministries. (Denver Post 01/10/2001, 01/04/2001)
01/09/2001 John Richard ("J.J." Moore, Jr., 30, was fatally shot when he returned to his car after buying beer at Fairfax Liquors in Denver.
A man ran up to Moore's car, fired several shots, and fled on foot. Friends said Moore was "one in a million" and "looked out for everybody,"
but at the time of his death he was out on bail after having been charged in November 2000 with assault, menacing with a deadly weapon, and
burglary, and allegedly had broken through an ex-girlfriend's door and hit her in the face. (Denver Post 01/10/2001, 01/11/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 01/11/2001)
01/09/2001 Westminster police investigating a report of an assault at an apartment complex discovered the body of Mary Cynthia Rogers,
17, dead with a gunshot wound to the head and with her hands bound behind her back. Shawn Souva, 21, who lived in the apartment, was
later arrested by a SWAT team in Adams County and charged with 1st-degree murder. (Denver Post 01/10/2001, 01/11/2001, 01/12/2001, 01/13/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 01/10/2001)
01/08/2001 Rookie Denver police officer Jessie Espinoza, 27, was charged with speeding (68 in a 40 mph zone), driving while impaired,
and prohibited use of a weapon. When Espinoza was stopped for speeding on 12/21/2000, he was found to have a gunshot wound in his leg.
Espinoza allegedly stated that the shooting had occurred during a fight with another man in a bar. Officers found no evidence of a shooting
at the bar but did find a bullet hole in the driver's seat of the car Espinoza was driving. Espinoza had a previous DUI conviction.
(Denver Post 01/11/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/10/2001)
01/06/2001 Aurora Police arrested Robin Chan after he allegedly tipped tables and broke guns at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.
Licensed antique gun dealer Bob Funk estimated Chan caused $1,200 damage to three of his guns. A gunshow coordinator reported that
private sellers are turning out in numbers to sell guns of all kinds before March 31, when purchases from unlicensed gunshow dealers will
require background checks. One dealer at the show phoned in a background check which resulted in the arrest of the would-be purchaser,
who was wanted on drug charges in Arapahoe County. (Denver Post 01/07/2001)
01/05/2001 Leonard Reed, 53, national president of the Sons of Silence Motorcycle Club, pled guilty in federal court to possession of a
firearm while using drugs. Reed and 41 fellow club members had been arrested on October 8, 1999, in a raid by 250 federal agents in
Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Adams County. (Denver Post 01/06/2001
01/05/2001 A Jefferson County grand jury indicted Donald Vecchi, a Denver homicide detective, for felony menacing with a weapon.
Vecchi allegedly brandished a gun and screamed threats after finding his girlfriend, Marley McClintock-Costigan, with another man in
August 2000. (Denver Post 01/06/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/07/2001)
01/05/2001 Two young men driving behind Michael Traudt, 34, an off-duty Denver Sheriff's deputy in a non-department vehicle,
shot out his car window while he was in traffic in Douglas County. Traudt was driving to Denver after participating in firearms training
at the Highlands Ranch law enforcement facility. (Denver Post 01/06/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/06/2001)
01/05/2001 Terry Wayne, Mosley, Jr., 21, was sentenced to life in prison for first degree murder, for the October 1998 shooting
death of Alan Conner, 18, near a King Soopers store in Arapahoe County. Mosley was also sentenced to 25 years for wounding
Conner's companions Dominic Chapa and Charles Lennon. (Denver Post 01/06/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/06/2001)
01/04/2001 Durango police received a tip that seven heavily armed escapees from a Texas prison might be in the Durango area and
heading to Montrose. The fugitives (Larry Harper, George Rivas, Michael Rodriguez, Randy Halprin, Donald Newbury, Joseph Garcia,
and Patrick Murphy, Jr.) were alleged to have killed a police officer when they stole firearms from a Texas sporting goods store following
their escape from prison. (Denver Post 01/05/2001)
01/03/2001 Stephen Baird, 47, a retired Army sergeant, wounded his wife, Sylvia, 48, and then shot himself to death in the couple's
Security home. Their 17-year-old daughter was in the home at the time. (Denver Post 01/05/2001)
01/03/2001 Two masked gunmen robbed a Denver bank as it opened for the day, locked two bank employees in a vault, and fled
with approximately $50,000. Police released the Colorado State Bank employees from the vault uninjured, within an hour.
(Denver Post 01/04/2001)
01/03/2001 A deputy sheriff found Carl and JoAnna Dutcher, 60 and 58, dead of gunshot wounds in their mobile home in the Bear Trap
Ranch area approximately 15 miles from the mountain community of Guffey (population 35). Later that same day, authorities found the
Dutchers' grandson, Anthony, 15, dead in a lean-to on a hill above the mobile home. The victims were thought to have been dead for
more than a day. There were guns in the Dutcher home and a target on the hillside nearby. Several days later, authorities ruled the three
deaths were homicides. Authorities did not reveal how Anthony Dutcher died. (Denver Post 01/04/2001, 01/05/2001, 01/08/2001, 01/10/2001)
(Rocky Mtn. News 01/05/2001, 01/07/2001, 01/09/2001)
01/03/2001 Following a 2-month feud arising from a traffic incident, Aaron Mandel, 21, shot and killed William Wainer, 43, at Mandel's
home in the mountain community of Guffey (population 35). Wainer was armed at the time of the shooting. Mandel was arrested and later
released. The Deputy District Attorney cited the "make my day" law in dismissing the case against Mandel on 1/9/2001. Mandel had been
investigated on a possible first-degree murder charge. (Denver Post 01/04/2001, 01/05/2001, 01/10/2001) (Rocky Mtn. News 01/05/2001,
01/02/2001 Denver police officer Danny Perez, 27, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of assault and false imprisonment after he
allegedly pushed his wife down and wouldn't let her leave their home. Perez was stripped of his weapon and assigned to desk duty.
(Denver Post 01/06/2001)
01/02/2001 Elsworth Walker, 64, pled not guilty to first-degree murder charges relating to the 6/4/2000 shooting of two Aurora neighbors,
Charles Crihfield and his daughter Christine, over a parking dispute. Trial was set for 6/4/2001. (Denver Post 01/03/2001)
You have to admit this alot for one year,,,,,,,,
Just my two cents
Never forget those who died that day!.
Never forget those who died that day!.