Suicidal Gunman in Colorado Released from Jail Hours Before Killings

Daniel Sanchez's girlfriend was shot during a 911 call

31-year-old Daniel Sanchez, of Colorado, has been identified as the gunman behind 3 murders in the rural area of Longmont, near Denver. Sanchez committed suicide immediately after the shooting.

According to 9 News, Sanchez police reports reveal that his girlfriend was one of the victims. The other two were a woman and a man.

Sanchez had already been jailed for domestic violence, for an altercation with the aforementioned girlfriend, which occurred on Saturday, December 15. They allegedly fought over their recent break-up, and their relationships with other people.

The argument ended with the woman suffering minor bruising, and Sanchez spending the weekend in jail. Early on Tuesday morning, he went to visit her at the trailer park where she lived. He had just been released from police custody, reports say.

At 4 a.m., a woman, believed to be his former girlfriend, called 911 to the 400-space LongView trailer park, citing she was being harassed. As she was on the phone with the dispatcher explaining the situation, she was shot.

Police have Sanchez on record talking about turning the gun on himself, after having ended her life. A gunshot followed, presumably marking his time of death.

“The dispatcher heard 'No, no, no,' and then gunshots. [...] A male party picks up the phone and says he's going to kill himself. The dispatcher hears another gunshot,” Sgt. Tim Schwartz with the Weld County Sheriff's Office describes.

Neighbor Manuel Nunez heard the shooting go down, and explains he immediately rushed to the window, but was not able to make out what was going on.

“I heard pop, pop, pop. [...] I looked out the window but I didn't see nothing,” Nunez says.

“It's heartbreaking. [...] It's just tough all the way around,” Sgt. Schwartz states, adding that they are investigating the shooter's motives further.

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