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Woman injured in Jefferson County shooting, suspect found dead

The shooting suspect was found Saturday evening with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Sheriff's Office said.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo — The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said a man accused of shooting a woman Saturday morning was later found dead.

The Sheriff's Office said they received a 911 call at 8:06 a.m. about a shooting in the area of 3600 S. Sheridan Blvd., just south of Highway 285.

When deputies arrived, they found a woman who had been shot. The woman was taken to the hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.

There was a shelter-in-place order for the area after the shooting took place. It was lifted at 10:50 a.m.

The Sheriff's Office said they found the suspect Saturday evening in the 10400 block of West 44th Avenue in Wheat Ridge. They said Sunday evening that he was found dead with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He has been identified as Justin Herley, 50, of Wheat Ridge.

Investigators said they believe the suspect and the victim knew each other.

"I just went out there to help," said Sam, a neighbor of the victim. 

He was watching the morning news when his instincts kicked in.

"As soon as I got to the window, I looked up, I saw her fall and I was immediately out the door," he said. 

His wife had just said good morning to their neighbor who was headed off to work, like usual. Moments later, they heard gunshots, and Sam ran out to help. 

He said he stayed low and used the cars in the parking lot for cover, not knowing if the shooter was still nearby. 

"I noticed she had one gunshot through the hand," Sam said. 

Sam spent a decade in the Marine Corps and now has PTSD. He said in this instance, his military training took over. 

"You can't help your instincts, and I knew my neighbor not great but well enough I'd do anything to go and help," he said. 

Sam said his neighbor was going in and out of consciousness after being shot multiple times, and he tried to keep her awake. 

"I asked her who [shot her] and where, and she clearly pretty much stated who it was and where it came from, and as soon as the police showed up I reiterated everything to them," he said. 

Sam described his neighbor as a devoted mother, who worked nearly every day.

"She deeply cared about her two sons," he said. "Neighbors need to protect their neighbors, protect yourselves, get the police involved."


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