Mistrial declared in Castle Rock 2012 shooting case

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Lonnie James Pebley

Lonnie James Pebley

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A Douglas County judge declared a mistrial in the case that involved a suspected Castle Rock gunman Tuesday.

Judge Paul King called for the mistrial in court after a defense witness testimony referred to the criminal history of the defendant, 43-year-old Lonnie James Pebley, during cross examination.

Pebley was on trail for a Castle Rock shooting incident that occurred in July 2012.

Officers from the Castle Rock Police Department responded to calls at 11:30 p.m. on July 4, 2012 in the 1200 block of South Ridge Road to follow up on a suspicious situation involving a man with a gun in a bush at Appleton Way and South Ridge Road.

Police reported that shots were fired from the bush, after which officers returned fire, according to Ron Hanavan of the Douglas County Police Department.

Several patrol cars were struck by the bullets.

After the incident, police conducted a manhunt through the night and took Pebley into custody shortly before 7 a.m. the subsequent day.

A new two-week trial was set for Sept. 16 in Douglas County.