Jan 17, 2014 12:31 AM by Maddie Garrett

Update: Walsenburg Suspicious Death; Couple Was Supposed to be on Vacation

A major crime scene is still taped off in Walsenburg Thursday night as Walsenburg Police and the Colorado Bureau of Investigations are looking into a suspicious death.

Police responded to a call of shots fired around 7:00am Thursday morning. A neighbor had found a man lying on the ground outside, injured. The neighbor called 9-1-1 and the man was flown to Parkview Hospital in Pueblo. He was treated for unknown injuries and released later Thursday afternoon.

Police found the man's wife dead inside of the home, it's unclear how she died. Police are not calling this a homicide, but a suspicious death at this time.

Neighbors said the couple runs an antique shop in Walsenburg, News 5 is not releasing their names until Police confirm them and the next of kin is notified. But neighbors down the street know the couple, and described them as good people and good neighbors.

"They're good people. They've been here a long long time, everybody knows them, this is a real shock," said David Roesch.

Kathy Bobian lives down the street, she had done some business with them at their antique shop and said, "I'm just really surprised because they both seem like very nice people."

In fact, the couple wasn't even supposed to be home Thursday morning.

"They were supposed to go on a vacation, they were supposed to left yesterday (Wednesday) for Oregon," said Roesch.

Police Chief Tommie McLallen said investigators are still trying to figure out what happened, and haven't ruled out any possibilities, including if a third party was involved.

"We're looking into several leads right now, we're still seeking leads," said McLallen Thursday night.

McLallen said since the husband was released from the hospital, he's been cooperating fully with investigators, spelling out just what happened.

While some neighbors said they heard gun shots, and even believe they saw a car speed away from the house Thursday morning, McLallen said those are unconfirmed reports and they have not determined if anyone was indeed shot.

"At this point we have more questions than we have answers," said McLallen.

McLallen said an autopsy will be done on the woman Friday morning and at that time they will release more information about the manner of death and what might've happened.

"We treat every death as a suspicious death until such time as we can determine the manner of death," added McLallen.

As police put the pieces together, neighbors looked on, trying to wrap their heads around what happened to their friends and their community.

"It concerns me that the community's changing," said Bobian. "I mean it's terrible that this happened and for him to lose a loved one at the same time."

News 5 will continue to follow this story and release more information as it becomes available.



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