Son charged in father's attempted murder

Posted at 8:34 AM, Sep 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-10 10:34:52-04

A Centennial shooting suspect is now accused of attempting to kill his own father, a spokesperson with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday evening.

Jonathon Ryan, 31, was sought in connection to a shooting that happened near South Jericho Way and South Jebel Way at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Ryan was found on Wednesday afternoon and was taken into custody after deputies got a tip stating he returned to the home where the shooting was reported.  

Investigators stayed at the scene through the night and obtained an arrest warrant for Ryan for the charges of criminal attempt first-degree murder, first-degree assault and crimes against an at-risk adult, according to Julie Brooks with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office.

That at-risk adult -- the victim in the shooting -- is Ryan's 71-year-old father, the spokesperson said. 

Brooks told 7NEWS Wednesday morning that deputies were also looking for a missing handgun but could not say whether that is the gun they think Ryan was carrying. The missing gun does not belong to a law enforcement officer, Brooks confirmed.

Later Wednesday morning, 7NEWS spoke to a woman named Whitney Trujillo who identified herself as Ryan's fiancée. Trujillo said she did not know there had been a shooting or that police were looking for him. She said she hadn't seen or spoken to Ryan since they got into an argument and she went to see Joan Jett at the Taste of Colorado.

Investigators planned to meet Trujillo at the scene of the shooting to question her about Ryan.

The victim of the shooting was taken to a hospital and was still alive Wednesday morning, Brooks said. The victim's condition was not released.

The Sheriff's spokesperson told 7NEWS it is not clear what led up to the shooting, as Ryan and his father were the only ones at home at the time of the incident.