The suspect in a shooting that killed a 21-year-old woman and injured her boyfriend Wednesday opened fire from his apartment near Coors Field because of a dispute about the victims’ dog pooping, police believe.
Michael Close, 36, was arrested Wednesday in connection to the shooting after fleeing Denver, according to a probable cause statement released Thursday by Denver police.
The name of the victims are redacted from the police document, but a GoFundMe page and multiple social media postings identified the woman who was killed as 21-year-old Isabella Thallas. Her boyfriend, Darian Simon, was shot twice but is expected to survive.
Simon told police that he was walking his dog with his girlfriend in the 3000 block of North Fox Street when he told the dog to poop. He then heard a voice from a ground-level apartment yelling at them and asking if they were going to train the dog or just yell at it, according to the probable cause statement. Simon said he tried to ignore the yelling but then saw the man point a gun at him.
He first thought the weapon was a pellet gun but fled when multiple gunshots rang out. Thallas died at the scene.
Deputies with the Park County Sheriff’s Office stopped Close in his vehicle on Highway 285 and found a rifle and a handgun on the floor of the front passenger seat.
“In summary, the suspect got into a verbal altercation with the victims related to the victims telling the dog to poop,” according to the probable cause statement. “The suspect then shot the victims from inside his apartment.”
Close does not have any prior arrests in Colorado, according to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation background check.
Close remained in the Denver downtown jail Thursday morning without bail on suspicion of first-degree murder. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
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