Task force: No evidence rash of shattered windows linked to northern Colorado shootings

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Investigators at scene where bicyclist was shot and killed east of Windsor, Colo

Investigators at scene where bicyclist was shot and killed east of Windsor on May 18, 2015.

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LOVELAND, Colo. – A task force established after a rash of broken vehicle windows and three shootings that left two people dead in northern Colorado in the past two months said in a letter Thursday the incidents are not related.

The letter was signed by Windsor Police Chief John Michaels, Loveland Police Chief Luke Hecker, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams.

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Cori Romero, 20, of Milliken was shot in the neck while driving on Interstate 25 on April 22. She had surgery and survived. Windsor employee John Jacoby, 48, was shot and killed while riding a bicycle on Weld County Road 15 on May 18. And Bill Connole, 65, was shot and killed while walking in downtown Loveland on June 3.

The shootings of Romero and Jacoby have been officially linked, but the shooting of Connole has not been.

"Since these investigations began, we’ve also received what seems like an unusual series of reports of broken or shattered windows on vehicles throughout the region. To date, we have found no solid evidence that any of these incidents are related to our shootings," the task force's letter read.

"However, to be sure, we have assigned a work group at the task force to review any and all of these types of incidents that are being reported. Not only have we not found physical evidence tying them together, but the circumstances are showing no distinguishable patterns."

The task force is a collaboration among the Windsor Police Department, the FBI, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, the Larimer County District Attorney's Office, the Weld County Sheriff's Office, the Weld County District Attorney's Office and the Loveland Police Department.

"While you are not hearing or reading specific details, we can attest that an amazing amount of investigative work continues to be done," the letter said. "One of the reasons the task force has been cautious about releasing information like vehicle descriptions is because we know that misinterpreted information can not only be damaging to solving the case, but it can also be dangerous to the community."

 

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