<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Sun, 23 Nov 2014 06:30:34 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Officer shoots boy holding fake gun at rec center]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/officer-shoots-boy-holding-fake-gun-at-rec-center/article/1541876?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officer-shoots-boy-holding-fake-gun-at-rec-center/article/1541876?custom_click=rss CLEVELAND — Police say a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun at a Cleveland recreation center was shot and wounded by a responding officer.

Cleveland's Emergency Medical Service tells WOIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1FefMZO ) that the boy is at a hospital with serious injuries. His mother says he's in surgery for a stomach wound.

The shooting happened at about 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Rec Center after officers responded to reports of a male with a gun.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba tells the TV station the boy had the weapon in his waistband, pulled it out and one officer fired two shots. He says the boy didn't make any verbal threats or point the gun.



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CLEVELAND — Police say a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be a fake gun at a Cleveland recreation center was shot and wounded by a responding officer.

Cleveland's Emergency Medical Service tells WOIO-TV (http://bit.ly/1FefMZO ) that the boy is at a hospital with serious injuries. His mother says he's in surgery for a stomach wound.

The shooting happened at about 3:30 p.m. at Cudell Rec Center after officers responded to reports of a male with a gun.

Deputy Chief Ed Tomba tells the TV station the boy had the weapon in his waistband, pulled it out and one officer fired two shots. He says the boy didn't make any verbal threats or point the gun.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:15:16 -0700
<![CDATA[DEA agent arrested in Douglas County domestic violence incident]]> By David Migoya, The Denver Post http://gazette.com/dea-agent-arrested-in-douglas-county-domestic-violence-incident/article/1541875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dea-agent-arrested-in-douglas-county-domestic-violence-incident/article/1541875?custom_click=rss Douglas County sheriff's deputies on Friday arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief.

Special agent Stephen Conor, 47, is in the county detention center through the weekend, a sheriff's spokesman said, and is expected to appear before a judge Monday.

Conor allegedly slashed a car tire, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.



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Douglas County sheriff's deputies on Friday arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief.

Special agent Stephen Conor, 47, is in the county detention center through the weekend, a sheriff's spokesman said, and is expected to appear before a judge Monday.

Conor allegedly slashed a car tire, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:10:52 -0700
<![CDATA[CU-Boulder facing Title IX lawsuit from male student suspended in sex assault case]]> By Sarah Kuta, Boulder Daily Camera http://gazette.com/cu-boulder-facing-title-ix-lawsuit-from-male-student-suspended-in-sex-assault-case/article/1541868?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cu-boulder-facing-title-ix-lawsuit-from-male-student-suspended-in-sex-assault-case/article/1541868?custom_click=rss An anonymous male student is suing the University of Colorado for violating his civil rights under Title IX, the federal gender equity law, after he was found guilty of sexual assault by the Boulder campus last year.

The student, identified in court documents only as "John Doe," says he was wrongfully accused and suspended for three semesters after a night of consensual sex.

The lawsuit comes amid an unrelated U.S. Department of Education investigation into CU-Boulder, which began last summer when a female sexual assault victim complained CU didn't do enough to protect her.



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An anonymous male student is suing the University of Colorado for violating his civil rights under Title IX, the federal gender equity law, after he was found guilty of sexual assault by the Boulder campus last year.

The student, identified in court documents only as "John Doe," says he was wrongfully accused and suspended for three semesters after a night of consensual sex.

The lawsuit comes amid an unrelated U.S. Department of Education investigation into CU-Boulder, which began last summer when a female sexual assault victim complained CU didn't do enough to protect her.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:30:31 -0700
<![CDATA[Customer information stolen from RTD kiosks]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/customer-information-stolen-from-rtd-kiosks/article/1541866?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/customer-information-stolen-from-rtd-kiosks/article/1541866?custom_click=rss DENVER — Authorities are warning RTD customers who used credit cards to buy their tickets in the Denver metro area that some of their information may have been stolen.

The transit authority discovered three card skimmers on Nov. 4 and assured customers none of their information had been compromised.

Then the company began receiving complaints from customers and discovered there had been another device that steals credit and debit card information at another station.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/olp4hhq ), authorities now have a video recording of the person believed responsible and are trying to find them.

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DENVER — Authorities are warning RTD customers who used credit cards to buy their tickets in the Denver metro area that some of their information may have been stolen.

The transit authority discovered three card skimmers on Nov. 4 and assured customers none of their information had been compromised.

Then the company began receiving complaints from customers and discovered there had been another device that steals credit and debit card information at another station.

According to KMGH-TV (http://tinyurl.com/olp4hhq ), authorities now have a video recording of the person believed responsible and are trying to find them.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:30:22 -0700
<![CDATA[Woman found after reported abduction]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/woman-found-after-reported-abduction/article/1541856?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-found-after-reported-abduction/article/1541856?custom_click=rss GOLDEN — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says a woman who was reported kidnapped has been found safe.

The sheriff's office said in a tweet that 26-year-old Megan Vandellen was found close to the area where 28-year-old David Sikora was arrested on Saturday after the woman was reported missing.

Authorities say the suspect chased after Vandellen in a white cargo van and rammed the back of her car early Saturday.

A passenger in the victim's car told authorities he got scared and ran. He told authorities that when he came back the victim and the white van were gone.

The sheriff's office says the incident was reported as a case of domestic violence.



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GOLDEN — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says a woman who was reported kidnapped has been found safe.

The sheriff's office said in a tweet that 26-year-old Megan Vandellen was found close to the area where 28-year-old David Sikora was arrested on Saturday after the woman was reported missing.

Authorities say the suspect chased after Vandellen in a white cargo van and rammed the back of her car early Saturday.

A passenger in the victim's car told authorities he got scared and ran. He told authorities that when he came back the victim and the white van were gone.

The sheriff's office says the incident was reported as a case of domestic violence.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:16:17 -0700
<![CDATA[Mother of 7 accused of running prostitution business in Colorado]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/mother-of-7-accused-of-running-prostitution-business-in-colorado/article/1541849?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mother-of-7-accused-of-running-prostitution-business-in-colorado/article/1541849?custom_click=rss LONGMONT — Police have arrested a 40-year-old Longmont woman alleging she had been running a prostitution operation out of her home where six minor children were living at the time.

Police charged the woman with prostitution, six counts of child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Longmont Times-Call reports (http://tinyurl.com/qdzgajw) Longmont police were called to the home to investigate reports of children possibly having access to drugs and other items.

Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur says police served a search warrant at the residence Thursday and arrested the woman. The woman's minor children ages 5 through 16 were turned over to the Colorado Department of Human Services.



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LONGMONT — Police have arrested a 40-year-old Longmont woman alleging she had been running a prostitution operation out of her home where six minor children were living at the time.

Police charged the woman with prostitution, six counts of child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The Longmont Times-Call reports (http://tinyurl.com/qdzgajw) Longmont police were called to the home to investigate reports of children possibly having access to drugs and other items.

Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur says police served a search warrant at the residence Thursday and arrested the woman. The woman's minor children ages 5 through 16 were turned over to the Colorado Department of Human Services.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:57:45 -0700
<![CDATA[11 people with multiple arrests face possible ban from downtown Colorado Springs]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/11-people-with-multiple-arrests-face-possible-ban-from-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1541812?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/11-people-with-multiple-arrests-face-possible-ban-from-downtown-colorado-springs/article/1541812?custom_click=rss

Eleven people who could be banned from areas of downtown Colorado Springs committed crimes such as trespassing, drinking alcohol in city parks and spending time in public parks after hours, according to Colorado Springs police.

Those crimes, police and business owners argue, discourage people from visiting downtown, diminish safety in the city's core and contribute to the area's high number of calls for service.

While police say the geographical restrictions do not target homeless people, local homeless experts and advocates argue they may do just that. The restrictions, they say, criminalize homelessness and fail to address larger issues that include a lack of affordable housing, too few public services such as bathrooms,



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Eleven people who could be banned from areas of downtown Colorado Springs committed crimes such as trespassing, drinking alcohol in city parks and spending time in public parks after hours, according to Colorado Springs police.

Those crimes, police and business owners argue, discourage people from visiting downtown, diminish safety in the city's core and contribute to the area's high number of calls for service.

While police say the geographical restrictions do not target homeless people, local homeless experts and advocates argue they may do just that. The restrictions, they say, criminalize homelessness and fail to address larger issues that include a lack of affordable housing, too few public services such as bathrooms,

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:39:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Late-night Colorado Springs pizza delivery turns ugly, police say]]> By stephen hobbs stephen.hobbs@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/late-night-colorado-springs-pizza-delivery-turns-ugly-police-say/article/1541832?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/late-night-colorado-springs-pizza-delivery-turns-ugly-police-say/article/1541832?custom_click=rss A Domino's Pizza delivery person was robbed of pizzas and other food Friday night, Colorado Springs police said.

The employee was delivering pizzas around 11 p.m. near 5030 El Camino Drive, when the person was knocked to the ground. Police did not release the gender of the delivery person, who was uninjured, police said.

The robber left the scene with the pizza delivery bag, police said.



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A Domino's Pizza delivery person was robbed of pizzas and other food Friday night, Colorado Springs police said.

The employee was delivering pizzas around 11 p.m. near 5030 El Camino Drive, when the person was knocked to the ground. Police did not release the gender of the delivery person, who was uninjured, police said.

The robber left the scene with the pizza delivery bag, police said.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:47:00 -0700
<![CDATA[Woman hit while crossing Academy Boulevard in Colorado Springs, may be cited]]> lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/woman-hit-while-crossing-academy-boulevard-in-colorado-springs-may-be-cited/article/1541814?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/woman-hit-while-crossing-academy-boulevard-in-colorado-springs-may-be-cited/article/1541814?custom_click=rss A woman who was hit by a car Friday morning on Academy Boulevard may be cited for crossing against the walk signal, Colorado Springs police said.

The woman had made it across several lanes of traffic at the intersection of Airport Road, when she was hit by a northbound car. 
She suffered a broken leg, police said.

The intersection was temporarily closed while police investigated the crash.



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A woman who was hit by a car Friday morning on Academy Boulevard may be cited for crossing against the walk signal, Colorado Springs police said.

The woman had made it across several lanes of traffic at the intersection of Airport Road, when she was hit by a northbound car. 
She suffered a broken leg, police said.

The intersection was temporarily closed while police investigated the crash.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:58:56 -0700
<![CDATA[Respondents to Gazette poll say Colorado Springs police officer justified in hitting fighting teen]]> The Gazette - http://gazette.com/respondents-to-gazette-poll-say-colorado-springs-police-officer-justified-in-hitting-fighting-teen/article/1541808?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/respondents-to-gazette-poll-say-colorado-springs-police-officer-justified-in-hitting-fighting-teen/article/1541808?custom_click=rss

A fight between two teen girls at Coronado High School in which a Colorado Springs police officer intervened went viral on social media late Thursday and throughout Friday.

Various cell phone videos were circulated on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sites, with people voicing their opinions on whether the police office intervened appropriately. No one was seriously injured in the brief fight.

In an informal online poll posted at gazette.com with one version of the video, The Gazette asked: "Was police officer justified in punching Colorado Springs high school student?"

When the poll ended at 3 p.m. Friday, 1,128 people had voted with 91 percent saying the officer was justified and 9 percent saying he was not.



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A fight between two teen girls at Coronado High School in which a Colorado Springs police officer intervened went viral on social media late Thursday and throughout Friday.

Various cell phone videos were circulated on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other sites, with people voicing their opinions on whether the police office intervened appropriately. No one was seriously injured in the brief fight.

In an informal online poll posted at gazette.com with one version of the video, The Gazette asked: "Was police officer justified in punching Colorado Springs high school student?"

When the poll ended at 3 p.m. Friday, 1,128 people had voted with 91 percent saying the officer was justified and 9 percent saying he was not.

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:28:32 -0700
<![CDATA[Teen describes fight she was in at Coronado, says CSPD officer tried to push girls apart]]> By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/teen-describes-fight-she-was-in-at-coronado-says-cspd-officer-tried-to-push-girls-apart/article/1541784?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-describes-fight-she-was-in-at-coronado-says-cspd-officer-tried-to-push-girls-apart/article/1541784?custom_click=rss

A police officer intervening in a fight between two teen girls punches one of them, and it's the punch seen 'round the world - or at least 'round the Springs.

Students' cellphone videos of a Coronado High School resource officer hitting Kaosha Neal, 15, as he tried to stop a fight between Kaosha and Precious Davis, 17, on Thursday morning have been viewed thousands of times. Police did not identify the girls, but their names have been shared on social media, and Davis confirmed that she was involved.

Colorado Springs police have not determined whether the officer was justified in his actions, spokesman Sgt. Jim Sokolik said. The officer, whose name has not been released, has to submit a "response to aggression" report, which



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A police officer intervening in a fight between two teen girls punches one of them, and it's the punch seen 'round the world - or at least 'round the Springs.

Students' cellphone videos of a Coronado High School resource officer hitting Kaosha Neal, 15, as he tried to stop a fight between Kaosha and Precious Davis, 17, on Thursday morning have been viewed thousands of times. Police did not identify the girls, but their names have been shared on social media, and Davis confirmed that she was involved.

Colorado Springs police have not determined whether the officer was justified in his actions, spokesman Sgt. Jim Sokolik said. The officer, whose name has not been released, has to submit a "response to aggression" report, which

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Sat, 22 Nov 2014 07:21:07 -0700
<![CDATA[Courts Roundup: Therapist pleads guilty, man gets 2 years in illegal hunts]]> by lisa walton lisa.walton@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/courts-roundup-therapist-pleads-guilty-man-gets-2-years-in-illegal-hunts/article/1541810?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/courts-roundup-therapist-pleads-guilty-man-gets-2-years-in-illegal-hunts/article/1541810?custom_click=rss A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday.

Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentine's Day 2013 in a Colorado Springs hotel.

Authorities found Walker's body tucked in bed and covered in flower petals, witnesses said.

Under the conditions of the sentence, Mayo won't be paid while serving his sentence and would be dishonorably discharged if he were released.

​Appeals of the verdict and sentence are expected.

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Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentine's Day 2013 in a Colorado Springs hotel.

Authorities found Walker's body tucked in bed and covered in flower petals, witnesses said.

Under the conditions of the sentence, Mayo won't be paid while serving his sentence and would be dishonorably discharged if he were released.

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Two teenage girls at Coronado High School were arrested on fighting charges after one of them allegedly hit an officer who was trying to break up their fight, Colorado Springs police said.

Colorado Springs police said the school resource officer also hit one of the girls in the "lower face area," as he was trying to stop the fight.

No one was injured, and both students were suspended, according to police. 
District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said the resource officer was justified in his actions.

After investigating the situation, Colorado Springs Police concluded that the SRO was within his legal rights when he defended himself by trying to get one of the girls off of him, Ashby said.



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Two teenage girls at Coronado High School were arrested on fighting charges after one of them allegedly hit an officer who was trying to break up their fight, Colorado Springs police said.

Colorado Springs police said the school resource officer also hit one of the girls in the "lower face area," as he was trying to stop the fight.

No one was injured, and both students were suspended, according to police. 
District 11 spokeswoman Devra Ashby said the resource officer was justified in his actions.

After investigating the situation, Colorado Springs Police concluded that the SRO was within his legal rights when he defended himself by trying to get one of the girls off of him, Ashby said.

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:03:01 -0700
<![CDATA[It's life without parole for Fort Carson soldier]]> By tom roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/its-life-without-parole-for-fort-carson-soldier/article/1541787?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-life-without-parole-for-fort-carson-soldier/article/1541787?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday.

Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentines Day, 2013, in a Colorado Springs hotel.

Authorities found Walker's body tucked into bed and covered in flower petals, witnesses said.

During his trial, Mayo's attorney's argued that the soldier was enraged when his love was spurned and he hit and strangled Walker in the heat of passion.

Prosecutors argued that Mayo killed deliberately, smothering the final signs of life from his victim with a pillow.



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A Fort Carson soldier convicted of murdering his girlfriend at a court-martial this week will serve life in prison without parole, a panel of five officers ruled Friday.

Sgt. Montrell Mayo was found guilty on Wednesday of premeditated murder in the death of Sgt. Kimberly Walker. The killing took place on Valentines Day, 2013, in a Colorado Springs hotel.

Authorities found Walker's body tucked into bed and covered in flower petals, witnesses said.

During his trial, Mayo's attorney's argued that the soldier was enraged when his love was spurned and he hit and strangled Walker in the heat of passion.

Prosecutors argued that Mayo killed deliberately, smothering the final signs of life from his victim with a pillow.

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:59:45 -0700
<![CDATA[Arrest in 2007 killing of mom who led double life]]> By Sadie Gurman, Associated Press http://gazette.com/arrest-in-2007-killing-of-mom-who-led-double-life/article/1541803?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/arrest-in-2007-killing-of-mom-who-led-double-life/article/1541803?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A man arrested in the killing of a Colorado single mom who vanished more than seven years ago was one of the many unsavory clients she had while leading a double life as a paid escort, investigators say.

Lester Ralph Jones, 63, was among the last people who called Paige Birgfeld before her 8-year-old daughter reported her missing in June 2007.

Authorities on Friday arrested Jones on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and arson. They say he killed the 34-year-old woman, dumped her body and torched her car.

Police dogs found Jones' scent in Birgfeld's charred, red Ford Focus and a gas can near his desk at the RV dealership where he worked, according to a 46-page arrest affidavit detailing how Jones quickly



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DENVER — A man arrested in the killing of a Colorado single mom who vanished more than seven years ago was one of the many unsavory clients she had while leading a double life as a paid escort, investigators say.

Lester Ralph Jones, 63, was among the last people who called Paige Birgfeld before her 8-year-old daughter reported her missing in June 2007.

Authorities on Friday arrested Jones on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and arson. They say he killed the 34-year-old woman, dumped her body and torched her car.

Police dogs found Jones' scent in Birgfeld's charred, red Ford Focus and a gas can near his desk at the RV dealership where he worked, according to a 46-page arrest affidavit detailing how Jones quickly

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:53:13 -0700
<![CDATA[Castle Rock deaths ruled murder-suicide]]> http://gazette.com/castle-rock-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/article/feed/172338?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/castle-rock-deaths-ruled-murder-suicide/article/feed/172338?custom_click=rss CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say two people whose bodies were found in a Castle Rock home died as a result of a murder-suicide.

The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

A regional SWAT team was called and found the bodies when it entered the home at about 8:15 a.m. Sunday. Investigators have not said why the SWAT team

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The Douglas County Coroner's Office has ruled 23-year-old Kacey Kay Heberlein's death a homicide and 26-year-old Donald Christopher Bankert's death a suicide. Heberlein suffered a single gunshot wound.

Police were called to the home Saturday night to conduct a welfare check after Heberlein's family became concerned when she missed a meeting with a family member that afternoon. A second call for a welfare check came in around midnight.

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