Coral man shot and killed in Colorado

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:25 pm on Wednesday, April 03, 2013

HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS, Colo. - A Coral man was shot and killed under strange circumstances late Monday night in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colo.

According to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, Joshua Lee Stevens, 32, was fatally shot at the home of a female deputy district attorney and her husband, a sheriff’s deputy.

Shortly before midnight Monday, a woman (who is a deputy district attorney in the 14th Judicial District) placed a 911 call to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office reporting a stranger at the front door behaving very erratically and causing a disturbance.

The intruder then pushed his way into the house and an altercation ensued. It is believed that shots were fired during this altercation outside the couple’s residence in the 500 block of Grand Avenue in Hot Sulphur Springs.

The female deputy district attorney and the male sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries during the violent altercation with Stevens. The husband and wife have both been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

According to the sheriff’s office, there are no apparent ties from this shooting to recent shootings. Investigators believe Stevens had come to Hot Sulphur Springs to look for work and had been there about a week.

Because the incident involved a deputy district attorney and a sheriff’s deputy from Grand County, 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey has requested assistant from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, which is now leading the investigation, and the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. The Critical Incident Team for Moffat, Grand and Routt counties is also assisting in the investigation.

Investigators are continuing to pursue leads and background information about Stevens.

According to Montcalm County 64B District Court, Stevens was convicted of a larceny in 2002, involving a retail fraud incident at Meijer in Greenville. Stevens has no other criminal charges on his record in Moncalm County, just a handful of traffic citations.

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