CENTENNIAL, Colo. - An 81-year-old woman was killed in her home Tuesday and the suspect in her death is her 53-year-old son, who was arrested after he tried to harm himself, the sheriff's office said Wednesday.
David Wayne Kurocki was arrested Tuesday after Douglas County sheriff's deputies found him with self-inflicted wounds, while responding to a medical assistance call near the Meridian Golf Club.
His mother, Mae S. Kurocki, was found dead in her condo earlier that morning.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office was called to a unit of the Saddle Ridge Condo complex on East Dry Creek Road and South Willow Way at 11:10 a.m. to check on Mae Kurocki.
Deputies found her dead inside when they arrived, an apparent victim of a homicide, said Undersheriff Dave Walcher.
Based on the investigation, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office notified other law enforcement agencies regarding a potential suspect -- David Kurocki.
A short time later, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a call for medical help near a lake on Lansing Circle and South Meridian Boulevard. There, they found David Kurocki and transported him to a local hospital to be treated for self-inflicted injuries, Walcher said.
A witness told 7NEWS that deputies pulled something from that lake and placed it on a stretcher. 7NEWS asked Walcher about that incident but he had no knowledge of that happening.
According to police radio traffic found on RadioReference.com, David Kurocki called a family member in California to say that he had killed his mother and was going to commit suicide.
The manner of Mae Kurocki's death has not been released.
Her neighbors described Mae as a sweet woman who always had a smile on her face.
"She was just always happy, made everyone laugh. Just a kind, honorary lady," said neighbor Tom Stowbridge.
A sign placed with flowers outside her door echoes that sentiment.
It reads, “Mae brought out the smile in everyone she met. Mae will be greatly missed at Saddle Ridge.”
"She was a very happy lady, always talking about her son, how her son came and took care of her ... He took care of her, cleaned her house, basically what sons do -- take care of their parents," Stowbridge said. "Who would have thought a son would do something like that? Cuz she always put high hopes on him. It's shocking, it's disturbing mostly."
David Kurocki does not have a criminal history in Colorado, according to Colorado court records.