No criminal charges in Sloan’s Lake shooting

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Denver police responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Yates Street on March 18, 2014. (Photo: Kent Erdahl/KDVR)

Denver police responded to a shooting in the 1600 block of Yates Street on March 18, 2014. (Photo: Kent Erdahl/KDVR)

DENVER — The legal review of a fatal shooting that occurred near Sloan’s Lake on March 18, has determined that no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the incident.

The homeowner, Kevin Shea, claimed he came home from an appointment to find someone burglarizing his house. Shea’s wife said the intruder went after her husband and that he eventually shot the intruder in self-defense.

The review determined there was no evidence to disprove the Sheas’ story, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Police have not revealed the identity of the victim, and have said very little about what investigators know.

Just before the shooting, next-door neighbor Chris Vallejos said he heard Shea yelling.

“He said, ‘Get down.’ He was telling the intruder, I guess, to get down on the ground. ‘Don’t make me shoot you,’” Vallejos said.

A few seconds later Chris says he heard five or six gunshots.

“It sounded like a firecracker,” Vallejos said.

Shortly after the shooting, 911 dispatchers notified officers that a call came in from Kevin Shea. They noted that he had a concealed carry permit and the he told them a man “came at him and he shot him in the head, or he shot him.”

Shea declined to speak to FOX31 Denver, but his wife said he was shaken up. She also said the shooting took place just outside the home.

Several neighbors, including Vallejos, said they believe Shea did the right thing.

“I think you should protect yourself,” Vallejos said. “They’re trying to steal your stuff … or hurt you.”


  • Ann Pirie

    It didn’t take very long for authorities to figure out that the real victim here was the homeowner, I don’t care how young the burglar.

  • Robert Gift

    Sorry thathe criminal died. Now no chance to change for the better.

    Who can know the criminal’s intention and that the criminal will not harm the occupants?

    A criminal’s life is worth infinitely more than all of our possessions.
    But I would shoot an unknown intruder in our house.
    (I believe in firing warning shots. Not my fault if the criminal gets in the way of them.)

    • Kevin Snyder

      Sure, fire a warning shot or three. That way you can kill one of your neighbors.
      Never, never never fire a weapon at ANYTHING you do not wish to destroy. That’s common sense.
      From a legal point of view, if you can fire a warning shot, then you are not in immediate danger and there is no legal reason to fire at all.
      Joe Biden is a blithering idiot, encouraging people to fire blindly until they are out of ammunition, and then hoping the bad guy goes away..

  • gabym1

    So many people fall victim to burglary or worse. It’s about time that citizens can practice self defense. I hope this sends a message to future burglars that there are no longer victims in the world.

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