Now, more details are emerging about the circumstances of her death. She was found in the trunk of a car by a Pueblo homeowner -- and authorities have not yet determined if she took her own life.Pueblo Chieftain, which reports that a Pueblo police officer subsequently identified as Sergeant Shelly Taylor was heading home on Monday evening when she spotted Furber driving in a manner that suggested she might be intoxicated.
Taylor, who was off-duty but still wearing her uniform, followed Furber to a home in Pueblo West where her family lives. There, the two of them are said to have engaged in a conversation, presumably eliminating the possibility that Furber didn't realize the person who'd tailed her was a cop. Then, police say, a struggle ensued during which Furber removed a gun from her purse and fired it several times in Taylor's direction.In response, Taylor returned fire, but Furber doesn't appear to have been hit. She fled the scene and disappeared into the night, prompting a lengthy manhunt, reverse 911 calls and delayed starts for nearby schools.
The break in the case arrived at around 7 a.m. yesterday morning, when authorities received a phone call from the resident of a home located on the 1000 block of Shenandoah Drive. The area is seen in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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The Chieftain reports that the home's owner had heard a noise the night before but hadn't thought much about it until he headed to his garage with the intention of putting some tools in his trunk prior to work. That's when he discovered Furber's body inside. She was dead from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Furber had apparently gained entrance to the garage via a dog door -- and the car hadn't been locked.
This scenario suggests that Furber's injury was self-inflicted, but the autopsy results haven't been made public at this writing.
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