DA WON’T PROSECUTE OFFICER IN SHOOTING
An Aurora police sergeant who fired an AR-15 rifle at a suspected car thief will not face criminal charges in connection with the shooting.
Seventeenth Judicial District Attorney Dave Young concluded that the suspect made aggressive driving maneuvers and that Sgt. Kevin Barnes was in fear for his life when he fired the rifle three times April 1, according to a June 29 letter Young wrote to Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz.
“At the time Sergeant Barnes fired his weapon, he stated he was in fear for his life, the lives of his fellow officer and citizens,” the letter said.
Michael Adrian Torres, 24, suffered two gunshot wounds to his lower back, the letter said. He was treated at a hospital and was charged with vehicular eluding upon his release.
Torres was under surveillance by the Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority and Central Metropolitan Auto Theft Task Force at the time of the shooting and was wanted in connection with aggravated motor vehicle theft out of Denver.
Sheriff’s office releases name of deputy involved in fatal shooting. LARIMER
COUNTY» The sheriff’s office identified Derek Signorelli as the deputy who shot and killed a man fleeing from deputies Friday night.
Deputies received reports of a vehicle that crashed into a field near Colorado 392 and County Road 9 about 7:30 p.m Friday.
When they arrived, the 23-year-old driver, Chet Knuppel of Fort Collins, fled into the field, according to the sheriff’s office. He was shot by Signorelli in the chest as he fled, the sheriff’s office report said, and died at a hospital that evening. The vehicle Knuppel was driving had been reported stolen, officials said.
Signorelli has served with the sheriff’s office since February 2011. He was placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with agency policy.
Service dog allegedly stolen in Colorado located in California. LOVELAND»
A Loveland man who claims his service dog was stolen will be reunited with the animal after authorities located it in California.
Eero Kanerva suffers from an anxiety disorder, and his dog, Susi, helps alleviate his symptoms.
Kanerva told KION-TV in Salinas that a California woman on vacation in Colorado stole Susi two weeks ago after Kanerva met her at a dog park.
The two made plans to take their dogs to a lake several days later, Kanerva said, and on the way there, the woman took off with Susi.
KION reports that a sheriff’s deputy in Monterey County, Calif., found Susi on Saturday and turned her in to the local SPCA.
Safety issues force forest service to demolish six old miners’ cabins near Aspen.
Six cabins on national forest land surrounding Aspen are targeted for demolition this summer in a mine lands safety closure project.
Portions of at least five of the structures date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s, but none qualifies for the National Register of Historic Places or the state’s Register of Historic Places.
One of the cabins has been used for 30 years as a warming hut for backcountry skiers on Burnt Mountain.