District Attorney weighing charges in shooting death of intruder in Hot Sulphur Springs

Wife told 911 stranger acting erratically at door

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. - Prosecutors are now deciding if charges should be filed against a Grand County Sheriff's deputy and his wife, a county deputy district attorney, in the shooting death of an intruder.

The coroner said Joshua Stevens, 31, of Coral, Michigan, was fatally shot April 1 after authorities say he forced his way into the Hot Sulphur Springs home of the deputy and and the prosecutor.

Authorities say Stevens was shot outside the couple's home. Authorities have not said who fired the shots that killed Stevens.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the shooting. CBI said it has presented its investigation findings to District Attorney Pete Weir to determine if charges should be filed.

-- April 1 shooting

The violent clash began just before midnight on April 1 at the couple's home at 509 Grand Avenue in Hot Sulphur Springs. The 100-year-old building was formerly the historic Riverside Hotel until the couple bought it and converted it into a residence.

The deputy district attorney called 911 and said a stranger was at her front door, behaving erratically and causing a disturbance, according to Susan Medina, spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The investigation revealed the man pushed his way into the home and a violent confrontation followed, Medina said. At some point, the altercation moved outside the home, where shots were fired and the intruder was fatally wounded.

The husband and wife suffered minor injuries during their struggle with the man, Medina said.

Investigators believe Stevens came to Hot Sulphur Springs to look for work and had been there for about a week.

In 2008, Stevens was convicted in Florida of fleeing police in a speeding car and served a year in jail, according to court records.

In 2002, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor retail fraud in Ionia County, Michigan, and was sentenced to 75 days in jail, court records said.

Because the incident involves a Grand County prosecutor and a sheriff's deputy, the 14th Judicial District Attorney Brett Barkey requested assistance from the CBI and the First Judicial District Attorney's Office in Golden.

Both the deputy district attorney and the sheriff's deputy were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

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