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"Customer" killed by Greeley police during latest raid in undercover prostitution investigation

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Carousel Reed. More photos below.
Last month's bust of 21-year-old Carousel Reed and others was reportedly part of an ongoing investigation into prostitution in Greeley. But a raid yesterday resulted in an unexpected and tragic outcome: a man described as a "customer" was gunned down by cops after allegedly producing a weapon.

Here's what we know thus far.

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Booking photos of Rodger Dean, Carousel Reed and Nitaya Dennis.
In October 2013, Reed made headlines when she and two other Coloradans, Rodger Dean and Nitaya Dennis, were arrested during a prostitution sting in Casper, Wyoming.

According to KTWO-AM, the trio weren't charged for prostitution-related offenses in part because Dennis, who is said to have advertised online as a paid escort, became "spooked" when interacting with an undercover officer. Instead, the trio faced charges related to marijuana possession.

Cut to late April, when Reed and two others -- Falon Taylor Dias, 26, and Robin Marie Hibler, 53 -- were cuffed in Greeley amid what the Greeley Tribune describes as "a coordinated investigation into Backpage.com, a website commonly associated with the offering of sexual services for cash." (The site was previously associated with Westword via the paper's parent company, but all connections between this publication and Backpage.com have been severed.)

At the time, a Greeley police spokesman said the investigation into prostitution operations was continuing and wasn't focused on a single motel or website.

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The Comfort Inn at 2467 29th Street in Greeley, as seen in a Google Maps screen capture.
This assertion forms the backdrop of an incident that took place shortly after 5 p.m. yesterday at a Greeley motel. The Greeley Police Department hasn't named the business, but the Tribune identifies it as the Comfort Inn at 2467 29th Street, where police activity was high last night. Among those said to have been on the scene was the Weld County coroner.

At the time of the incident, the Greeley Police Department reveals that officers were conducting "an undercover anti-prostitution operation" when an "adult male 'customer' of the undercover woman officer" pulled a handgun "on the team of uniformed arrest team officers."

This turns out to have been a fatal decision. The man was promptly shot and killed.

Neither the identity of the dead man nor the Greeley officers involved is being released at this time. However, the GPD notes that none of the cops were hurt.

The shooting is under investigation by members of the Weld County District Attorney's Office and the Greeley Police Department's Investigations and Professional Standards Unit.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our News archive circa September 2013: "Video: Fourth recent officer-involved shooting targets burglar at detective's home."

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45 comments
king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

"Throat-cut bloody diamond ring" ex 1998 wasn't listed in divorce decree as deceased but when I went to gather info to get closure the sheriff's dept had problems with restraining order and divorce paperwork … who was dead? Divorced?

king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

No discovery case… Rambler vandal case… my wedding band /diamond ring reported to me as being returned to me after cleaning blood of ring wearer by original jeweler's … I didn't get an explanation as owner of ring … I had it given to my ex's estate …

king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

By contrast an investigation by JeffCo on a Rambler's failed brakes: prison time for brake-tampering … fingerprints a record of conflict between vehicle owner/operator and accused a record of accused's past behaviour …

king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

The legal process of investigation: brakes fail then someone near the vehicle claims they were danger investigator refuses Discovery …

Investigation of sex leads to substance abuse charges in a sting …

… both have a disconnect in the chain of evidence and charges … is this a common law enforcement/judicial event? What is the difference between a change in charge & a disconnect in investigation and charges?

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

Looks like a couple half-priced black tricks, one step below a truck stop hooker.

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

A few of Obama's homeboys here lol, strait up niggers from the ghetto.

king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

Arrest Lakewood Colorado ends up in Arapaho County by way of Golden Colorado without paperwork like arrest warrant. 12m2456 still male.

king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

Arapaho county jail offers "breast exam" . Male 12m2456. Student lawyer holds up court for "grade".

king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

Colorado Springs Colorado Salvation Army males grabbing my nuts in top bunk and males trying to have sex in single shower stalls… stealing shoems… barefoot in wintet…

king.priest.ce
king.priest.ce

The Denver county jail dildo was plywood and black from use…

luce
luce

Legalize prostitution! We legalized cannabis and the crime rate went down. When we legalize prostitution we will make that crime rate even smaller. Legal prostitution in Colorado by 2015!!!! We can do it!

Dominik Trujillo
Dominik Trujillo

It's not just senseless prostitution a lot of the time these pimps are forcing children and people into this shit.

Dominik Trujillo
Dominik Trujillo

The idiot pulled a gun on a team of trained undercover cops Ofcourse it's gonna be shoot to kill.

Gary White
Gary White

senseless prostitution should be decriminalized

Kimberly McMurry
Kimberly McMurry

Regardless the potential charge, this man should not have died. What happend to non lethal force and learning to shoot and not kill? Sheesh.. scary stuff..

Will Hayden
Will Hayden

Sucks to die for something that's legal in another state.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Now there was a "dear John" that left a mark.


(A double, double entendre for those that like to play.)

Rick Moe
Rick Moe

No one shod have to die in a prostitution sting!

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

Kenneth Magaro I was drinking tea when I read your comment. I was almost wearing my tea today. Hunny daffy duck lips on your mugshot isn't cute.

angelistic.intention
angelistic.intention

You are an idiot to even make a comment like that!! The " Team of undercover cops" should have had the correct training to play whores and heroes. You talk loud but what if it was your Father, Brother, Uncle or even your grandfather!! He got BUM RUSHED!!! OF COURSE HE NOT ONLY GOT SHOCKED HE GOT SCARRED. HE DID NOT KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO GET JACKED, JUMPED, or EVEN WORSE. His actions are understandable. Not everyone grows up being pampered by mommy and daddy. He was a lost soul looking for direction. Greeley police cut a young mans life short just because a cop got scarred.

RIP Raymond Garcia jr

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"undercover cops"


Who look and act like ARMED THUGS when breaking down the door.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

"senseless prostitution"


... like senseless Facebook fools?

stanley1
stanley1

Were you there? You're right, though...the officers should've taken all of the risk on them in the attempt to "shoot not to kill". These things happen in seconds and it's not a video game, dumbass. 

stanley1
stanley1

They wouldn't if dipshits didn't pull guns on officers, idiot.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you lose any more hair, and you'll be paying soon enough.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stanley1 ... no one is forced to become a cop, if they want to be treated as "super heroes" then they need to start acting like them.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@stanley1 ... if cops didn't bust in on private adults having sex, then they wouldn't face GUNS being used in self-defense.

WonkeyPotay
WonkeyPotay

@DonkeyHotay @stanley1 If private adults weren't knowingly breaking the law, then they wouldn't need to use GUNS against those who keep the peace.

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