Family of man killed in double shooting: He died a hero

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. -- A man killed in a double shooting on Thursday in Arapahoe County is being called a hero.

The family of Jacob Emerson has learned their loved one died while saving a woman’s life. That woman’s future is uncertain. The shooting left her hospitalized in critical condition.

Jacob’s mom, Elizabeth Emerson, said her son was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

He was visiting a woman he just started dating and was unaware her ex-husband would be on what friends have described as a homicidal crusade.

Jacob Emerson, 25, was found shot dead in an apartment in the 1100 block of South Clinton Street on Thursday morning, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.

A woman named CJ, who Jacob had been dating for about a month, was also shot. She taken to a hospital. Her roommate, who also in the apartment, was not injured.

“He was defending two young ladies,” Elizabeth Emerson said.

Elizabeth Emerson said it was early in the morning when CJ’s recently divorced ex-husband showed up with a tomahawk-style ax.

That man has been identified as Anthony “Angel” Darby.

“Angel had slit my son’s hand,” Elizabeth Emerson said.

Deputies were called for the assault, but Darby could not be found when deputies arrived. Deputies said they offered a hotel to the victims but they refused.

Darby returned with a gun about 90 minutes after deputies left.

“The world really is missing a lot from [Jacob],” a friend said.

Friends of Jacob Emerson said they will miss his smile and laugh most. The 25-year-old from Parker stayed busy working in landscaping and for a moving company.

An exact motive behind the shooting might never be known as the suspect is dead.

Deputies, hunting for Darby on Thursday, say he was found at an apartment in Denver with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Jacob’s friends have set up a GoFundMe to help the family pay for funeral expenses.

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