Crime

Daniel Abeyta decision letter: Shotgunned feet, explosives, a cop acting as a sniper

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As we've reported, Sandra Roskilly's Facebook page, which remains online at this writing, makes it clear she loved her family -- she reportedly had an autistic son and was close to her brother, Dennis Campbell, and his kin. She also had a soft spot for dogs, as is clear from this photo.

The pic above is from a couple of years ago, as is this one: But earlier this year, she underwent a personal transformation. The following image was shared on August 4 along with the caption, "Sandra Roskilly celebrating 200 pound weight loss at Pat Benatar Concert:" But celebrations of her achievement were replaced by mourning on August 16. At 10:51 a.m. that day, according to the decision letter, Abeyta's wife, Autume Marie Estrada, dialed 911. The call lasted for more than twenty minutes, with the key information recorded as follows:
-RP [REPORTING PARTY] WAS SHOT -BY HER HUSB[AND] -HUSB ARMED WITH SHOTGUN -UNK IF SUSP STILL IN THE HOUSE -SUSP IS 32 YOA [YEARS OF AGE] - RP IS HYSTERICAL . . . -RP STATES [SUSPECT] LEFT OUT [THE] BACK DOOR -SUSP TOOK SHOTGUN WITH HIM -SUSP BACK - IS SHOOTING AGAIN - RP CAN HEAR HIM
What happened? Autume told the dispatcher that her husband had fired a shotgun at her feet from what the report characterizes as "a short distance away, causing massive trauma to both lower extremities." Around the same time, another 911 call came in, this time from someone who'd been driving near the scene, at 2265 South Irving Street. The man said he'd seen someone later identified as Abeyta "setting a propane tank in the middle of the road. And there was like two, he had like two [inaudible] rifles -- I don't know if they were real or play but he's setting a propane tank in the middle of the road...." Continue for more about the Daniel Abeyta case, including photos, a video and the decision letter.
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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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