Press Release: NOV 10th, 2017-UPDATED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

November 10, 2017

 

Contact: Deputy Chris Dickey, Elbert County Sheriff, (303) 257-4368

 

ELBERT COUNTY – On November 9, 2017 at 0758 hours, deputies from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the 30000 block of Highway 24, west of the town of Simla, on a report of a suspicious death.  When deputies arrived, they found two deceased males who had sustained gunshot wounds.  The rural residence is the site of an illegal marijuana grow operation, and investigators believe the operation is a contributing factor in the deaths of the two males.

 

Though the investigation is ongoing, the Sheriff’s Office says that there is no danger to the public.  The males are not being publicly identified at this time.

 

There is no further information available.

 

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UPDATE:

 

Investigators from the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office are releasing additional details about the incident that occurred on Highway 24 on Thursday.  Deputies responded on a report of a suspicious death at a residence in the 30000 block.  Upon arrival, they located the body of 30 year old Luis Suarez, of El Paso County.  He had sustained a gunshot wound to the torso area, and was found outside the residence.

 

Inside the residence, deputies located a second deceased individual, identified as 48 year old Donn Zorens, who was the homeowner.  Donn Zorens had also sustained at least one gunshot wound.  Investigators found evidence that both individuals had engaged in a gunfight inside the residence, and both had died from their injuries at the scene.

 

The 31 acre property was being used for an illegal marijuana grow operation, and it appears at this time that Suarez had forced his way into the residence and a home invasion robbery was taking place when the shooting occurred.  Suarez is suspected of having ties to organized drug crime in the Elbert/El Paso County area.

 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is requested to call the Sheriff’s Office at 303-805-6114.

 

There is no further information available.

 

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