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Daniel Abeyta decision letter: Shotgunned feet, explosives, a cop acting as a sniper

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Big photos and more below.
In August, we told you about the tragic death of Sandra Roskilly, allegedly at the hands of Daniel Abeyta, who was later shot by Denver Police Department Sergeant Jerry Heimbigner.

Now, the Denver District Attorney's Office has announced that no charges will be filed against Heimbigner. The decision letter that makes the determination official includes photos and the most details available to date about this shocking and chaotic incident. See it and more below.

As we've reported, Sandra Roskilly's Facebook page, which remains online at this writing, makes it clear she loved her family -- she reportedly had an autistic son and was close to her brother, Dennis Campbell, and his kin. She also had a soft spot for dogs, as is clear from this photo.

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The pic above is from a couple of years ago, as is this one:

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But earlier this year, she underwent a personal transformation. The following image was shared on August 4 along with the caption, "Sandra Roskilly celebrating 200 pound weight loss at Pat Benatar Concert:"

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But celebrations of her achievement were replaced by mourning on August 16. At 10:51 a.m. that day, according to the decision letter, Abeyta's wife, Autume Marie Estrada, dialed 911. The call lasted for more than twenty minutes, with the key information recorded as follows:
-RP [REPORTING PARTY] WAS SHOT -BY HER HUSB[AND]
-HUSB ARMED WITH SHOTGUN
-UNK IF SUSP STILL IN THE HOUSE
-SUSP IS 32 YOA [YEARS OF AGE]
- RP IS HYSTERICAL . . .
-RP STATES [SUSPECT] LEFT OUT [THE] BACK DOOR
-SUSP TOOK SHOTGUN WITH HIM
-SUSP BACK - IS SHOOTING AGAIN - RP CAN HEAR HIM
What happened? Autume told the dispatcher that her husband had fired a shotgun at her feet from what the report characterizes as "a short distance away, causing massive trauma to both lower extremities."

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The scene of the crime.
Around the same time, another 911 call came in, this time from someone who'd been driving near the scene, at 2265 South Irving Street. The man said he'd seen someone later identified as Abeyta "setting a propane tank in the middle of the road. And there was like two, he had like two [inaudible] rifles -- I don't know if they were real or play but he's setting a propane tank in the middle of the road...."

Continue for more about the Daniel Abeyta case, including photos, a video and the decision letter.


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Matt_Brown
Matt_Brown

Michael - how do you not call out the neck tattoo and yellow maserati parked in the driveway of this guy's house as perhaps evidence this wasn't just a run of the mill mental nutcase pissed off about his neighbor's rose bushes?

Has their been any word of the toxicology results on this nutjob after the Denver Health ER docs saved his life? I'm guessing something a little stronger than shatter hash set these tragic events in motion...

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

 WTF Denver?  Jerry Heimbigner should have been given a parade.  

The officer should never have been considered for charges.

Jason Hitchcock
Jason Hitchcock

why would he face charges if he shot a guy that had murder someone and then shot another?

Donna Noble Repp
Donna Noble Repp

It's crazy that it took them this long to decide the cop was just doing his job. There shouldn't have been any debate whatsoever.

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Why would the officer face charges? This wasnt an officer who was using excessive force as in other cases like in front of Denver Diner. This officer helped stop a man who was a killer and trying to inflict harm.

Rob Strong Paw Ruby
Rob Strong Paw Ruby

Should have put one right between his eyes, now we have to pay to keep this asshole fed and locked up.

xyzabc
xyzabc

Just a technicality, but that rifle is not on a tripod, it is on a bipod.  Even the police don't know firearms nomenclature.  Guess a desk jockey typed up this report, not a firearms expert.

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