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August 22, 2017
OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTING IN COLORADO CITY

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies were involved in an officer-involved shooting this evening in Colorado City.

One person was shot in a home in the 2900 block of Applewood Drive. The person was pronounced dead by Emergency Medical Services personnel. No deputies were injured.

The 10th Judicial District’s Critical Incident Team has been called in to investigate the incident. Members of the CIT include the Pueblo Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol, the Pueblo County District Attorney’s Office, Colorado Bureau of Investigations and the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. The Pueblo Police Department is leading this investigation.

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August 18, 2017
Sheriff’s Deputy Injured After Being Struck by Stolen Vehicle; Suspect Arrested

Mario J. Lopez

Mario J. Lopez

A Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy was injured after she was struck by the door of a trailer being pulled by a stolen truck deputies were attempting to stop Thursday afternoon in Pueblo West.

The deputy, whose name is not being released, was assisting with putting out spike strips in attempt to stop the truck when she was struck by an unsecured door of the trailer reported stolen out of Pueblo. The deputy was taken to a local hospital where she was treated and released. She is expected to make a full recovery.

The suspect, Mario J. Lopez, 35, was arrested for second-degree assault on a peace officer, first-degree motor vehicle theft, felony theft, felony vehicular eluding, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and miscellaneous driving charges. He has been booked into the Pueblo County Jail.

Just before 12 p.m. Pueblo Police were westbound on U.S. Highway 50 in pursuit of the stolen truck and trailer. Police terminated the pursuit as the vehicle approached Pueblo West. The truck was last seen turning south on Purcell Boulevard.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies patrolling the area spotted the vehicle going south on Swallows Road. Deputies attempted to make a traffic stop but the driver refused to pull over. Deputies set up containment and got additional support from unmarked patrol vehicles when the suspect turned around and began heading north on Swallows Road. Deputies successfully deployed spike strips deflating the vehicles tires. A short time later, deputies were able to pin the vehicle against a cattle guard and apprehend the suspect after a short struggle, resulting in the suspect being tased.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor said “these motor vehicle thieves have the idea that law enforcement will not pursue them, but that certainly is not the case for the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. We will always evaluate the risk to the safety of the public when deciding to pursue but our goal is to stop these criminals.”

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August 17, 2017
UPDATE: Deaths of Pueblo West Mother, Daughter Indicate Murder-Suicide

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor and Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter announced today the deaths of a Pueblo West mother and her 10-year-old daughter are the result of a murder-suicide.

Autopsies conducted Wednesday revealed that 10-year-old Stephie Hamula died from multiple gunshot wounds and her mother, Jennifer Hamula, 42, died from a single gunshot wound.

“Overwhelming evidence indicates the mother and daughter were the only two individuals in the home at the time of the shooting,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.

Interviews with the estranged spouse as well as other family members have been conducted and no evidence exists to believe there is any other involvement related to the scene. At this time, the aggregate circumstances and evidence points to Jennifer Hamula being the shooter in this case.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s investigators continue to work with the Pueblo County Coroner and CBI on the investigation. Results of additional forensic testing is expected to take weeks to complete.

Sheriff’s deputies found the mother and daughter deceased in their Pueblo West home Monday after a family member called requesting a welfare check at the residence. A family member had gone to the home to check on the occupants and found one of the deceased dogs in the residence. The family member left the home and called the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff’s deputies found the deceased mother and daughter and two deceased dogs in the home. Both dogs died as a result of gunshots.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this very senseless tragedy,” Taylor said. “Cases such as these are always difficult but when a child is involved, it’s especially tough for everyone involved. Due to the horrific circumstances of this incident, we will be holding a debrief for all deputies, Pueblo West Fire and other responders who were involved in the investigation.”

 

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UPDATE: Sheriff’s Office Identifies Suspect in Robbery at Rye Credit Union

Dennis FLowers

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies are seeking a suspect in connection with a robbery earlier today at the ENT Federal Credit Union in Rye.

An arrest warrant for bank robbery (CRS 18-4-301), a Class 4 Felony, has been issued for Dennis Flowers, 66, who is suspected of walking into ENT Federal Credit Union, 1 Mount Baldy Drive, in Rye this morning and handing a note to a teller demanding money. The suspect, who was wearing a mask, sunglasses, a hat and hooded sweatshirt over his head, left on foot with an undisclosed amount of money.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies worked throughout the day to identify a suspect. The FBI was involved with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office in the investigative effort. Aided by tips from several citizens, who reported a suspicious vehicle and person matching the description of the suspect, in the area of the bank around the time of the incident, deputies were able to identify Flowers as the lone suspect.

A truck belonging to Flowers was located at the Cuerno Verde Rest Area in Colorado City. Deputies learned that Flowers was staying at the nearby Days Inn, 6670 Highway 165. A search warrant was issued and executed on a room at the hotel where Flowers was registered as a guest, but was not present.

Flowers is described as a white male, 5-foot-7 inches and 135 pounds. He has brown eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, tennis shoes and a dark windbreaker.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office at (719) 583-6250 or Crime Stoppers at (719) 542-STOP.

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August 16, 2017
Sheriff’s Deputies, FBI Investigate Robbery at Rye Credit Union

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies along with officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigations are investigating a robbery at a Rye credit union this morning.

At about 8:53 a.m., employees of ENT Credit Union, 1 Mt. Baldy Drive, reported a male walked into the business and handed a teller a note demanding money. The man was described as wearing a dark windbreaker with the hood pulled over his head, blue jeans and tennis shoes. The man also had a mask covering his face. The suspect left the credit union with an undisclosed amount of money. He was last seen walking eastbound on Colorado Highway 165. There were no injuries reported.

Deputies arrived on scene within a few minutes of being dispatched to the call and continue to investigate the incident. No arrests have been made.

The investigation is ongoing.

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August 15, 2017
UPDATE: Identifications Made in Pueblo West Death Investigation

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor along with Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter and investigative units are continuing to investigate the deaths of a Pueblo West woman and her 10-year-old daughter, both found in their home Monday afternoon.

The individuals have been identified as Jennifer Hamula, 42, and Stephie Hamula, 10, according to Cotter. Both appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds. The official cause and manner of death is pending the outcome of the autopsies.

The preliminary investigation indicates the two deceased are occupants of the residence and it is not believed that there are any further threats to the community at large.

The two individuals, along with two dogs were found deceased inside a home in the 1000 block of Mescal Drive after deputies were called to the residence on a welfare check. A search warrant was executed at the home late Monday evening and detectives worked with officials from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations and the Pueblo County Coroner’s office throughout the night and into today processing the scene.

“This is a very tragic situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased. We will continue to follow the evidence to determine the sequence of events and the circumstances surrounding these tragic deaths,” said Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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Sheriff’s Office Conducting Death Investigation at Pueblo West Home

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation at a home in Pueblo West where two bodies were found this afternoon.

Deputies responded to a home in the 1000 block of Mescal Drive at 4:22 p.m. on a welfare check. Deputies entered the home and discovered the bodies of the two individuals along with the bodies of two dogs. Deputies sealed the home until a search warrant could be issued. The search warrant was issued at about 8:15 p.m. and deputies are currently in the process of investigating the incident.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor and Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter are on scene.

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August 8, 2017
Pueblo West Teenager Dies in Rollover Accident

A 17-year-old Pueblo West boy died this morning and a second teen suffered minor injuries after they were ejected from a truck following a one-vehicle rollover accident Monday night in Pueblo West.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Pueblo West Fire Department responded to the area of Spaulding Avenue and Capistrano Avenue at about 10:40 p.m. on the report of a rollover accident involving a Ford F-150 truck. When deputies arrived they found the driver and passenger in the vehicle had been ejected and the truck was heavily damaged. One of the occupants was unresponsive on the ground near the truck. The teen was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries according to Pueblo County Coroner Brian Cotter.

Witnesses said the other 17-year-old occupant was also transported to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

According to witnesses, the driver of the truck was traveling south on Spaulding Avenue at a high-rate of speed and had just passed another vehicle when he lost control on the dirt shoulder. The vehicle rolled several times, ejecting both occupants. Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing a seatbelt.

Sheriff’s investigators suspect excessive speed and driver inexperience were factors in the accident; neither alcohol or drugs appear to be a factor in the accident and the investigation is ongoing.

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August 7, 2017
Deputy’s Suspicion about Vehicle Leads to Drug Arrest

 

 

 

Cassandra J. Smith

A Pueblo County Sheriff’s Deputy’s suspicion about an oddly parked car at a North Side convenience store this morning led to the discovery of 8 grams of suspected methamphetamine and the arrest of a 21-year-old Canon City woman.

At about 7:30 a.m. a Sheriff’s Deputy drove into the lot of the Alta Convenience Store, 2801 N. Elizabeth Street and parked next to a silver Dodge Neon, which was up on a car jack and parked in a manner in which it was blocking several other parking spots.

The deputy went into the store and asked an employee about the vehicle. The employee told the deputy she had concerns about the car because it had been parked at the store for several hours and she believed the occupants were possibly using narcotics.

As the deputy left the store and walked to his vehicle, he noticed several plastic baggies typically used in packaging drugs, and some needle caps on the ground near the Dodge. The deputy contacted the driver of the vehicle, a 35-year-old man, and his passenger, the 21-year-old woman identified as Cassandra Jean Smith of Canon City. The deputy reported seeing drug paraphernalia in sight inside the car. He asked the occupants if there were any drugs in the vehicle and asked if he could search it.

Smith told the deputy he could search the car but said it did not belong to her. The deputy later learned the license plates on the vehicle did not register to a Dodge Neon and it was not registered to either of the occupants. The deputy searched the car and located a lock box in the center console near the front passenger seat. Inside the box, the deputy found two bags of suspected methamphetamine, one containing 7.5 grams and the other containing .5 grams. The deputy also found two scales, baggies, syringes, a pipe and ammunition in the same box.

Smith was arrested for possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute. She was booked into Pueblo County Jail. The driver of the vehicle was not arrested. The vehicle was towed for proof of ownership.

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Pueblo County Sheriff’s SWAT assists Baca County on Barricaded Subject

On Wednesday evening, the Baca County Sheriff’s Office, was faced with a serious situation. A man wanted for a felony, was inside his home, threatening officers and refusing to come out of the house. Faced with the situation for several hours and limited staffing in their small community, Baca County Sheriff Dave Campbell looked to his neighbor, Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor for additional resources.

At the direction of Sheriff Taylor, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team assembled and responded to the home of the suspect. The nearly three-hour drive to bring the manpower and equipment was part of the regional response philosophy long held by Sheriff Taylor.

Once on scene, tactical members worked alongside the Baca County Sheriff, Undersheriff, and deputies. At approximately midnight, the man voluntarily walked out of the house and was taken into custody.

Baca County Undersheriff Chris Griffin, credits the mutual aid response with the peaceful resolution, “The equipment and personnel that our partners in Pueblo County brought with them was a huge asset,” said Griffin, “if they hadn’t responded I doubt it would have gone as good as it did.”

The recently acquired Pueblo County SWAT vehicle was purchased in part, with Homeland Security dollars. When the grant money was requested Sheriff Taylor looked forward to this type of regional support becoming part of the vehicle’s mission, “In southeastern Colorado, we are small communities with limited manpower and money. The ability to pull regional resources together to get things done has to be the standard.”

The Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team is comprised of Sheriff’s Office members and volunteers who specialize in strategic tactics, weapons, negotiations, and medical care in critical situations.

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