Woman dies after shooting that caused shelter-in-place warning in Highlands; suspect in custody

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DENVER — A woman has died following a shooting that triggered a shelter-in-place warning at a building in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood on Thursday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

The shooting happened in the 2700 block of West 28th Avenue, near Speer Boulevard and Bryant Street, which is just west of Interstate 25.

Police said that the victim died following a domestic violence-related shooting. The suspect, 21-year-old Paulette Joyce, is in custody and is being held for investigation of first-degree murder.

Paulette Joyce. Credit: DPD

According to the arrest affidavit, Joyce is the ex-girlfriend of the victim. The document states that the victim called 911 about 3:21 a.m. and told a dispatcher that Joyce was pointing a gun at her. The victim continued to answer the dispatcher’s questions for about five minutes, at which point she stopped talking and there was screaming in the background.

When DPD officers arrived, they found the victim suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where she was pronounced deceased.

The incident remains under investigation. A third woman who was at the scene is being interviewed as a witness.

The victim has not yet been identified.

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