Authorities: Man shot wife, then self in Missouri Heights
September 11, 2012
EAGLE COUNTY – The shooter in Saturday’s murder-suicide in Missouri Heights was Andrew Mazeika, authorities said Monday.
In a statement issued at 5:18 p.m. Monday, the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said that “autopsy results confirm that Andrew Mazeika shot his wife before turning the handgun on himself.”
Mazeika was 68. The woman, Judi Mazeika, was 54.
When authorities initially arrived at their residence, located at 104 Vega Road outside of El Jebel, Judi Mazeika was pronounced dead at the scene. Andrew Mazeika died later in the day at Valley View Hospital. Officials found the man and woman both lying on the lawn outside the house.
Jessie Mosher, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, said a single firearm, a handgun, was involved. The shooting occurred around 11 or 11:30 a.m., Mosher said.
The couple had one daughter, who is an educator in the Roaring Fork Valley.
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Public records show that Andrew Mazeika filed for divorce in October in Garfield County. In January, a separation agreement was entered in court. It is unclear whether the two were actually married at the time of the shooting.
The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office has characterized the couple as married, and court records show the divorce proceedings were officially closed in February, though it is not clear if the marriage was dissolved.
The final determination of the cause of death will be released by the Eagle County Coroner’s Office after autopsies have been completed.