Suspect in Centennial triple shooting ‘hostile’ during court appearance

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The man accused of killing a Centennial doctor and wounding two women in a neighborhood shooting appeared in Arapahoe County Court on Tuesday.

Kevin Lyons, 46, was hostile toward the judge and unhappy with his public defenders. He suggested he was going to hire John Elway's attorney. He also said he wanted the media and cameras inside the courtroom.

All this, as candles and flowers line the sidewalk where the shooting took place.

"He fired six or eight shots initially," said Bill Krieg, who lives across the street from Lyons on East Long Circle. "He was either reloading or chasing somebody else and then he fired some more."

Police believe Lyons shot his wife, Elizabeth Lyons, as she was running to her neighbor's house Monday afternoon. That neighbor, identified as local photographer Laurie Juergens, was also shot.

When Dr. Kenneth Atkinson, who lives across the street, came to help, he was shot as well. He later died at the hospital.

"What happened here is just absolutely horrible," said Rocky Pomarico, who lives next door to Lyons.

Neighbors said Lyons seemed like a typical family man, who worked in construction.

"I was having a conversation with him about 15 minutes before he started shooting," Pomarico said. "I asked him what he was doing and he said painting doors."

Pomarico said the Lyons have three children.

"I just love those kids," Pomarico said. "We haven't had a chance to heal yet. We've still got police all over the place."

Investigators with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office were still on the scene late Tuesday. The sheriff's office said Elizabeth Lyons and Juergens are expected to make a full recovery.

Lyons faces numerous charges, including one count of first-degree murder, three counts first-degree attempted murder, two counts of attempted murder of a peace officer, two counts of first-degree assault and one count of felony menacing.

Those charges are expected to be filed on Friday.