Suspect arrested in double shooting at Sheridan halfway house early Friday

Suspect failed to return after temporary leave

SHERIDAN, Colo. - Deputies have arrested  a man suspected of walking into a halfway house and opening fire early Friday.

Investigators said Francis Pizzo, 46, hit a resident and an employee at the Arapahoe Community Treatment Center at 3265 West Girard Avenue.

The shooting occurred just before 1 a.m.

One victim was hit by a bullet, the other with bullet fragments. The victims' injures were described as non-life threatening.

Lt. David Thompson, with the Arapahoe Sheriff's Office, said deputies searched the area around the halfway house immediately after the shooting but did not find him. 

On Friday afternoon, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Investigators were able to locate Pizzo northeast of Deckers on State Highway 67 in unincorporated Douglas County. After making contact with the suspect and with the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, the suspect was taken into custody without incident.

Pizzo was sentenced to 3 years community corrections by a Douglas County District Court on March 29, 2013, and was serving his sentence at the treatment center. 

On Wednesday,  Pizzo failed to return to the facility after being out on approved temporary leave. The sheriff's office said ACTC made proper notifications regarding Pizzo’s failure to return.

ACTC is a contracted community corrections facility for the Colorado State Department of Corrections.