Sonny Archuleta triple murder in Aurora: Guns purchased legally (55-57)

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The Aurora theater shooting preliminary hearing of James Holmes and the tragic mass killing at a Newtown, Connecticut school have spawned calls for new and stricter gun laws. Against this backdrop comes news related to the bloodiest metro-area incident so far in 2013 -- an Aurora triple murder in which gunman Sonny Archuleta was killed. Turns out all of the guns used by Archuleta were legally obtained.

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Stacie Philbrook.
According to the Aurora Police Department, officers responded to reports of shots fired at a home on the 16000 block of East Ithaca Place shortly before 3 a.m. on Saturday, January 6. Open their arrival, they spoke with a female witness who managed to get away, an adult male later identified as Archuleta, 33, was still inside, and he was armed.

Moreover, three other people inside the home -- they've been ID'd as Stacie Philbrook, 29, Christopher Ratliffe, 33, and Anthony Ticali, 56 -- "appeared lifeless."

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Anthony Ticali.
The home was quickly surrounded and hostage negotiators managed to make telephone contact with Archuleta. Phone communication continued over the course of several more hours, but the presence of a SWAT team and orders to leave the residence issued over a bullhorn didn't persuade Archuleta to step outside. The cops describe his behavior during this time as irrational.

Finally, as 8 a.m. neared, SWAT teamers drove an armored vehicle close enough to the home to break out a window -- an action that apparently prompted Archuleta to fire multiple shots in their direction. But rather than shooting back, the cops tried to inspire his exit via the use of teargas, to no avail.

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Christopher Ratliffe.
About an hour afterward, Archuleta popped up in a second-story window and started shooting an officers again -- and this time, the cops followed suit, striking and killing him. Upon entering the house, they found Philbrook, Ratliffe and Ticali dead in an upstairs bedroom.

What set Archuleta off? One neighbor told CBS4 that he may have been on a meth binge, while other reporting noted that Archuleta's brother, Patricio, had been murdered on Labor Day weekend 2011.

Continue to read more about the Aurora triple murder.


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savewillowpark
savewillowpark

Why is this murderer's picture being showcased?  I think you should show a really pathetic picture of him if at all.  This does him way too much justice.  

Mark D Eilenberger
Mark D Eilenberger

You are all right, banning guns won't stop the violence. We need to repeal the 2nd amendment. I like to do that to watch the veins bulge in the foreheads of Republicans. I'm always hopeful they will blow a jugular.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another "Law Abiding Gun Owner" ... right up to the moment they pull the trigger ...

Seth Iniguez Bertoni
Seth Iniguez Bertoni

Andy, if you think government program guns outnumber black market guns reaching Mexico, I would love to see a source on that.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

America will simply have to deal with its (seriously declining) violence problem without blaming guns, because guns are merely one of the tools which can be used for violence (or defense from it.)

You'd never know from all the hype that year-over-year, decade-over-decade, violence, including gun-related homicides, is down. Not just a little, either. It's down fifty percent over a bit more than a decade.

Here's the latest from the FBI:

http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/crime-in-the-u.s.-2011/tables/expanded-homicide-data-table-8

Exercise for the reader: figure out why the media reports the hysteria, and not the facts.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The killer's mother explained the situation to a reporter from each television news station yesterday evening,  as well as on all morning broadcasts .

He was , 'Seething' . Okay now. That makes sense . Though I do recall 'seething' the ENTIRE 2011 Bronco season & everyone around me still breathes .

We ALL KNOW the circumstances and most have shared similar experiences . Women have the ability to drive a man fucking nuts !

Perhaps the state should try monitoring prostitution as they are 'attempting' to do w/ marijuana . Conduct studies at CU proving prostitution SAVES LIVES !!!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

DO YOU think a weapon ban would have made a difference? I really do not care one way or the other.. if you all do not! I DO NOT HAVE KIDS or GO TO THE MOVIES! I DO GO WITH GOD and READY TO DUCK..QUACKS!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

If I can trade a puppy for a Czech AK-47 ..OH.. YES I DID and people sell 10000+ rounds of ammo YARD SALES..OH.. YES THEY DO! DO YOU think a weapon ban would have made a difference?

Don Finley
Don Finley

We also need to ban large semi-automatic spoons to end obesity...

Gina Ricciardi
Gina Ricciardi

Wow. I took some classes at UCD with this guy...holy shit.

Andy Viohl
Andy Viohl

When you look at the majority of gun crime in this country, 9 times out of 10 they are purchased illegally. Most of the illegal guns in this country come from Mexico. Most of the guns that get shipped to Mexico come from the US from gun running programs like Fast and Furious which then points back to the highest levels government. It's kinda funny that the same people trying to ban guns are also the same people propping them up in the black market. So whether you ban legal assault rifles or not, I'm not sure how that will prevent gun crime... because you know... criminals always follow the law.

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I imagine that the real thugs, the ones who don't give a shit about firearm laws, are fucking thrilled about this. I know I would be. Good luck, peoples, your elected officials are about to screw you like you've never been screwed before.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

The isn't going to be gun reform

Drea Van Grinsven
Drea Van Grinsven

People will always kill, guns or no guns. How about mental health care reform?

Russell Lott
Russell Lott

"What set Archuleta off? One neighbor told CBS4 that he may have been on a meth binge..." Maybe meth should be made illegal... oh ... it is ...

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

The AR-15 is the single most popular rifle in the USA. Rifles of all types, including AR-15s, are used in

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Don Finley ... how many people are MURDERED by spoons every year?

Be specific, and show your work.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Drea Van Grinsven ... do they kill often and more efficiently with guns or baseball bats?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@RustyShackleford 

Wrong, Sparky! The correct answer was THE STATE.

Perhaps you failed to watch the video. it's the only explanation for the nonsense you just spewed. Particularly precious was your immediate gravitation toward a polemic, for which the state thanks you--it's their favorite tool to keep the farm animals in line.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay The same number who were murdered by guns. Zero. How many people were killed by something they did while using spoons? The data may not be tracked, but I know the gun-banning types would claim all obesity- and food-related deaths were caused by spoons because they're at the scene of the crime--if it fit their goals, that is.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Thanks to people like you, they'll probably kill both more often and more efficiently with baseball bats.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident @RustyShackleford LOLz...we're laughing AT you, not WITH you. Only a fucking moron believes the people ARE the state. That's what the politicos shovel when they want you to be happy with the shit they're shoveling.

And if "the state doesn't kill people ... people kill people" were true, you could successfully sue those "people" when they murder people, but you cannot. The reason? They're THE STATE.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... I challenge you to a Duel ...

... you bring a spoon, I'll pack a pistol ... and even give you a ten second head start.


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