Michigan man ID’d as victim in Grand County shooting
Ryan Summerlin April 3, 2013
Joshua Lee Stevens, 32, of Coral Springs, Mich., was the man shot and killed late Monday night in an altercation with a Grand County law enforcement officer and his wife, a local prosecutor, officials confirmed Wednesday.
Investigators say Stevens was acting erratically and had forced his way into the couple’s home before he was shot.
He had come to Hot Sulphur Springs roughly a week prior to his death and had been looking for work, according to a statement released by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Wednesday.
The shooting occurred after a Grand County sheriff’s deputy and his wife, a deputy district attorney, reported an intruder was attempting to break into their house in Hot Sulphur Springs.
It is unclear whether Stevens has a criminal record.
He died from a gun-shot wound, Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock said Tuesday.
Initial reports indicated a sheriff’s deputy was the shooter, although officials would not confirm whether it was the officer living at the residence who fired the shots.
Both the sheriff’s deputy and the prosecutor suffered minor injuries during the violent altercation that preceded the shooting, according to a statement Tuesday.
Both have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
The incident occurred at the former Riverside hotel on the 500 block of Grand Avenue in Hot Sulphur Springs, the home of Sheriff’s Lt. John Stein and his wife, deputy prosecutor Heather Stein. Authorities have not confirmed they were the two people involved in the shooting.
Initial witness reports indicate at least twho people saw the shooting.
A neighbor, Tim Nicklas, reported hearing three consecutive gunshots Monday night. When he went to the scene he heard John Stein telling officers, “The family’s fine. The kids are OK.” The steins reportedly have four children living at the Grand Avenue residence.
Officials say they have no reason to suspect the incident had any connection with recent shootings of law enforcement officials in Texas and Colorado.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation with the help of the 1st Judicial District Attorney’s Office as both the Grand County Sheriff’s Office and 14th District Attorney’s Office are directly involved in the case.
This story will be updated as additional information becomes available.
The Sky-Hi Daily News staff contributed to the reporting of this story.