A gunman accused of gunning down his ex-girlfriend and two of her relatives was released from jail hours before the killings, police said.
The Weld County Sheriff’s Department released alleged gunman Daniel Sanchez from the Boulder County Jail at 10 pm on Monday after the 31-year-old man was accused of kidnapping the woman. Just six hours later, a 911 dispatcher received a call from a woman who could be heard saying “No! No! No!” before the sound of a gunshot, The Associated Press reported.
The alleged gunman, after being released hours before the killings, then told the 911 dispatcher that he shot three people. The dispatcher then heard one more gunshot, the report noted. Police found Sanchez dead at the scene of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot.
Police say Daniel Sanchez killed his ex-girlfriend, 25-year-old Beatriz Cintora-Silva; her sister, 22-year-old Maria Cintora-Silva; and her sister’s husband, 32-year-old Max Aguirre Ojeda.
Sanchez had been in jail on domestic violence charges after reportedly growing angry about his ex-girlfriend’s new relationship.
The triple murder and suicide residents of the 400-space mobile home community about 35 miles northwest of Denver where the shooting occurred, USA Today reported. It also added another high-profile gun violence incident in the wake of Friday’s school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
“It just shows you that it can happen anywhere,” said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. “Domestic violence knows no boundaries.”
Though the gunman was release from jail hours before the killings, he was somehow able to purchase a gun to kill the three people, The Gazette noted. Investigators say they are looking into how he was able to obtain the weapon and found the box it came in but no receipt.