Loveland police at press conference reveal new information about 2015 northern Colorado shootings
March 15, 2018
The man arrested Tuesday in connection with the June 3, 2015 shooting death of a Loveland man is likely not responsible for four other shootings in the area that spring and summer, the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force announced today at a news conference at the Loveland Police Department.
The announcement comes after the Tuesday arrest of Christopher David Parker, 35, who was charged with first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in connection with a June 3, 2015 incident in Loveland.
That incident began about 10:30 p.m. a man on a motorcycle was shot at but uninjured; 12 minutes later, pedestrian William Connole was shot and killed.
Days after Connole’s death, the Loveland Police Department announced there was enough evidence to suggest a link between the two shootings, although they did not specify what that evidence might have been.
But it was not known until this morning whether the incident was linked to other shootings that summer. Task force commander Bob Coleman of the Larimer County Sheriff's office said at the conference today police do not believe Parker was involved in those incidents. He confirmed the investigations into those shootings remain open.
The June 2015 shootings came on the heels of two other shootings that spring. The first was the April 22, 2015 shooting of Milliken resident 20-year-old Cori Romero. Romero was driving south on Interstate 25 toward its intersection with Colo. 392 near Windsor when a bullet shattered her driver’s side window and struck her throat. She was able to pull over and call 911, a move that saved her life.
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Weeks later on May 18, John Jacoby was shot and killed while riding his bicycle near Weld County roads 15 and 72 in Windsor. Police have linked Jacoby’s death to the Romero shooting with unspecified evidence.
Then, on Sept. 13, 2015 , there were two more shootings in Larimer County — one at Banner Fort Collins Medical Center and one at Cottonwood Plains Elementary School. No one was injured in either of those shootings, although they have also been linked by unspecified evidence.
The shootings prompted law enforcement to create the Northern Colorado Shooting Task Force, a collaboration between multiple police agencies, including the FBI. After Connole's death, the team released a sketch of a rust-colored pickup, citing it as a "vehicle of interest," but did not provide more information.
The investigation appeared to slow after that, and in March 2017 police said they were receiving fewer and fewer tips about the cases. Parker's arrest was the first significant public development made in the case since then.
Connole's younger sister, Mary Connole, said this morning she never lost hope police would find the person responsible for her brother's death.
"The integrity of this task force has been tremendous," she said. "The justice system is working and we have some pretty incredible people working in this county."
Connole said it is important to keep the victims of the summer's other shootings in mind, as police continue to solve those cases as well.
Parker made his initial court appearance Wednesday in Fort Collins, according to records from the Larimer County Jail. He is next scheduled to appear in court 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Anyone with information about the shootings can reach the task force at (970) 498-5595.
This is a developing story. It will be updated later.
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