It was a tragic and violent weekend in Commerce City. Two people are dead in a murder-suicide called in by a young girl present at the home during the gunfire, while two more are in custody following an officer-involved shooting prompted by the search for another murder suspect. Photos, details and more below.
According to the Commerce City Police Department, the first incident took place around 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, on the 7800 block of Locust Court, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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The CCPD raced to a location on this block after receiving a tip that a man named Robert William Fisher was there.
Fisher would have been a huge catch. The FBI lists him among the ten most wanted criminals in the country "for allegedly killing his wife and two young children and then blowing up the house in which they all lived in Scottsdale, Arizona in April of 2001."
Here's a photo of Fisher from the Facebook page devoted to his capture.....
Robert William Fisher.
...and here's an excerpt from his FBI wanted poster:
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Williams, however, was not on the scene when officers arrived. Instead, they found two men who allegedly refused to obey commands to stop and ran from the scene, prompting a cop to squeeze off a single round prior to their capture.
Neither of the men were struck by the bullet before being taken into custody. They're identified as John Jacoby, 44, and Andrew Hurtando, 39. They're being held on charges related to possession of an illegal weapon and a schedule two substance with intent to distribute, plus obstruction.
Meanwhile, the officer who fired his gun is on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident takes place -- standard operating procedure in a case like this one.
Just over 24 hours later, something even more disturbing took place elsewhere in Commerce City.
Continue for more about yesterday's murder-suicide, plus photos of the arrested suspects in the previous case. The second crime took place at 5761 East 65th. Here's an interactive graphic of that area (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"):
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Upon their arrival, officers found two people in their fifties dead, both from what looked to responders as gunshot wounds.
In such instances, law enforcement agencies often avoid descriptions that suggest conclusions. This time around, though, the CCPD clearly state that what took place was "an apparent murder-suicide."
The reason is almost certainly due to the presence of "a juvenile female" said to have been related to the deceased female, who "was also inside the residence" and reported the shooting.
The CDPD doesn't say whether or not she witnessed the shooting. However, she was subsequently reunited with other family members.
The dead couple didn't have any record of domestic violence the CCPD has found thus far. But the matter remains under investigation.
Our thoughts are with the girl who was present for this violent act, as well as the victim of the shooting.
In the meantime, here are booking photos of John Jacoby and Andrew Hurtando from this post's first incident.
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