Two dead after double shooting in Missouri Heights
September 9, 2012
MISSOURI HEIGHTS – A Missouri Heights husband and wife were both killed by gunshot wounds Saturday, authorities with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said.
The double shooting occurred sometime around 11 or 11:30 a.m., said sheriff’s spokeswoman Jessie Mosher. The victims’ names had not been released as of 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
The woman was pronounced dead on the scene. The man was transported to Valley View Hospital. Mosher said that she learned at 4 p.m. that he had died.
“The case remains under investigation, but there is no immediate threat in the El Jebel area,” Mosher said.
She declined to say how many shots were believed to have been fired or what type of firearm or firearms were involved. The home where the two were found is on Vega Drive in the Missouri Heights subdivision, outside El Jebel. Vega Drive comprises five to seven residences; the closest home to where the shootings occurred is about 75 yards away, said Ron Ryan, undersheriff with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities received a call from a person who reported that shots were heard in the area, Mosher said. The initial call was that two women had been shot, Ryan said.
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“The original call was that shots had been fired in front of the house,” he said.
Authorities found both husband and wife on the lawn outside of a residence on Vega Drive, said Ryan. Ryan, along with three deputies from Pitkin County, provided mutual aid at the scene, he said.
Neither Mosher nor Ryan would discuss who is believed to have fired the shots.
“There are some details at the scene that would suggest who played a role, but it’s an Eagle County investigation, and it would be inappropriate for me to say anything,” Ryan said.
Mosher could not provide information about the victims’ family or details about how long the couple had been married.
Homicides are a rare occurrence in the Roaring Fork Valley. The last murder in the mid- to upper half of the Roaring Fork Valley was a murder-suicide in November 2005 when a man killed a woman and then turned his gun on himself.