Hunter error likely cause in Garrett shooting |

Hunter error likely cause in Garrett shooting

Dennis Webb

GARFIELD COUNTY – Whoever shot and killed a top Colorado Qwest executive Saturday near New Castle may have violated a cardinal rule of hunting by failing to confirm the target before pulling the trigger.Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said investigators are leaning toward the possibility that another hunter who was trying to hit a wild turkey shot Jeff Garrett instead.”Just everything seems to line up that that’s what happened,” Vallario said Tuesday.The Colorado Bureau of Investigation will perform ballistics testing on the bullet that killed Garrett, Vallario said.”They’re going to make the bullet ballistics a priority,” he said.He said Joe Morales, former Summit County sheriff and executive director of the state Department of Public Safety, has offered whatever assistance CBI and other state agencies can provide in the case.”They’ve been wonderful,” Vallario said.Garrett, 37, of Aurora, was assistant vice president for Qwest in Colorado and a state lobbyist for the company. His body was found Saturday evening in the East Elk Creek area near New Castle after he split up with his two hunting companions earlier in the day and failed to meet back up with them at the appointed time.

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