Police: Fight over illegal dumping led to Thornton shooting


Thornton Police were looking at a truck next to a fire station as part of the investigation into a shooting near Eppinger Boulevard and Cedar Court on March 28, 2014. (Credit: Greg Nieto)

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THORNTON, Colo. -- Two men were critically injured and taken to a hospital Friday morning after exchanging gunfire over illegal dumping, Thornton Police said.

The shooting happened in the 9300 block of Cedar Court, just off Eppinger Boulevard around 10:20 a.m., police spokesman Matt Barnes said. The location is about six blocks east of Thornton Elementary School.

Barnes said the incident arose over some sort of illegal dumping in unincorporated Adams County. Police said the 47-year-old driver of a red Dodge pickup saw the dumping and followed a silver Toyota Camry to the 9300 block of Cedar.

It was there that the drivers of the two vehicles got into an argument, police said.  Then a third person came out of a home to confront the driver of the Dodge, Barnes said.

"The confrontation escalated to the point where both individuals exchanged gun fire at each other," he said.

When police arrived, they found a 32-year-old man with gunshot wounds outside the home.

The driver of the pickup truck had left the scene, firing his gun at the Camry, Barnes said.

He drove to a nearby fire station.  From there he was taken to a hospital for treatment, police said.

Police say they were able to recover both weapons used in the exchange of gunfire.

Barnes said both injured men were listed in critical condition Friday night.

The Thornton Police Department is seeking any witnesses who may have information regarding this incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the Thornton Police Tip Line at 720-977-5069, or Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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