Arrest warrant out for homicide suspect |

Arrest warrant out for homicide suspect

Alex Zorn
Citizen Telegram
A Rifle man was shot to death outside this apartment.
Alex Zorn / Post Independent |

Rifle Police have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Francis Montgomery, 45, charging him with the murder of his son-in-law Christopher Lee Gallegos, a Rifle resident, in a shooting that occurred on the 2600 block of Acacia Avenue on Wednesday evening. Gallegos was 28 years old.

The shooting occurred outside an apartment building in north Rifle, and residents reported hearing shots from the nearby Kum & Go convenience store.

Rifle Chief of Police Tommy Klein said that while the matter remained under investigation, it is clear “it was not a random act.”

The Garfield County Coroner’s Office on Thursday said an autopsy determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head, Coroner Robert Glassmire said.

The Rifle Police Department was working the case with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Rifle police asked that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Montgomery to call the Rifle Police Department at 970-665-6500 or 911. Do not approach this individual; call 911.

It was the county’s first homicide of 2017.