Double-shooting in Teller County under investigation as murder-suicide; 3 young children physically unharmed

Three small children are unharmed after they were taken from the scene of a deadly double-shooting Sunday morning.
Published: Nov. 13, 2022 at 9:05 AM MST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2022 at 5:33 PM MST
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FLORISSANT, Colo. (KKTV) - A small Colorado community is reeling in the aftermath of a double-shooting that left two people dead Sunday.

The Teller County Sheriff’s Office confirms three small children were in the home during the horrific episode.

“It’s a tragedy for the community,” said Lt. Wes Walter with the sheriff’s office. “My heart goes out to the families and to those children. It’s a heartbreaking story.”

Walter says it was one of the kids who alerted law enforcement Sunday morning.

“At approximately 0718 hours [7:18 a.m.], our dispatch received a 911 call from a child reporting a shooting in the Colorado Mountain Estates subdivision in Florissant, Colorado.”

When deputies got to the house, they found the bodies of two adults and three children, who were physically unharmed. Walter says the shooting is being investigated as a murder-suicide. The Teller County Sheriff’s Office tells 11 News the identities of the deceased are 29-year-old Adriana Mills and 27-year-old Sean Mills.

The involvement of young children made this case especially hard, the lieutenant told 11 News.

“I have six children and 14 grandchildren. It’s heartbreaking ... even for us in this business who see a lot of things. It’s normally easier for us ... when you throw innocent children in it, you know, you deal with it the way normal person would deal with it, I suppose.”

Walter said he was proud of the child who called 911.

“There’s mixed emotions for me; on the one hand, it really makes me happy that at least children know what to do. On the other hand, kids shouldn’t have to do this.”

The children are currently with the Department of Human Services, but Walter said relatives were en route.

A news release from Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College stated Sean and Adriana were employees and former Charis students. sharing the following statement:

“All of us at Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College are devastated to hear of the passing of two Andrew Wommack Ministries employees and former students,” stated Billy Epperhart, CEO of Andrew Wommack Ministries and Charis Bible College. “Prayers are continually being made for the family and loved ones left behind, and we will certainly be doing all we can to help those grieving this horrific loss. We are cooperating with the authorities and will continue to assist any way possible.”