Coroner: Michigan man shot, killed in clash with Grand County deputy and his wife, a deputy DA

Wife tells 911 stranger acting erratically at door

GRAND COUNTY, Colo. - The coroner says a 31-year-old Michigan man was fatally shot Monday night after authorities say he forced his way into the Hot Sulphur Springs home of a Grand County sheriff's deputy and his wife, who is a county deputy district attorney.

Grand County Coroner Brenda Bock identified that dead man as Joshua Stevens, 31, of Coral, Michigan. An autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death is scheduled for Wednesday.

Authorities say Stevens was shot outside the couple's home.

At this time, authorities aren't saying who fired the shots that killed Stevens, according to Susan Medina, spokeswoman for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

The violent clash began just before midnight on Monday at the couple's home at 509 Grand Avenue. 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 had come 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.

Medina said investigators do not believe the incident is linked to the recent shooting deaths of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements and the district attorney and an assistant district attorney in Kaufman County, Texas. However, investigators continue to pursue all possible leads and background information on the male intruder killed in the shooting.

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

The CBI is leading the investigation. The Critical Incident Team for Moffat, Grand and Routt counties is assisting in the investigation.

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

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