El Paso County sheriff’s office is investigating its first murder of the year. The victim is a woman in her seventies. The suspect---her 15-year-old grandson.
It happened early Monday morning in Monument. Police found the body of 74-year-old Jacqueline Paul in a home in the 2200 block of Wakonda Way. That's on the north side of Monument, off of Beacon Light Road.
Investigators originally thought someone else committed the crime and ran from the scene. But now they say they have the person responsible in custody, and charged with first-degree murder.
Mark Rast says his neighbors are friendly people, and the neighborhood is peaceful. "We bought here because it's quiet. It's not quiet anymore, is it?” On Monday morning he woke to find his next-door neighbor's home was an active crime scene.
An early-morning emergency call led Monument police officers to the home. They found the grandmother dead---shot with a .22 rifle. Her grandson made the call and said it was an intruder dressed in black who shot the woman. But detectives believe he is likely responsible. "It's a tragic situation. It's family members involved, and parents involved. We're trying to be sensitive to emotions they're going through," says El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. Detectives spent the morning pouring over the home. They took several rifles from the home.
El Paso County authorities won't discuss a possible motive behind the shooting, but they say the boy was familiar with firearms. He and his father had lived at the home for several years. They also say there's no reason to believe there were problems between the teen and his grandmother. She kept an eye on him while his dad worked nights in Denver.
The teen is now in a Colorado Springs juvenile facility. The district attorney is reviewing the evidence and will decide if he'll be stand trial for first-degree murder in an adult or juvenile court.