A family in Conifer whose daughter was shot and killed after a high speed chase says their daughter had problems and they tried to help her work through them.
Kelsey Rose Hauser, 25, of Conifer, was one of the passengers in a stolen car that El Cajon [California] officers tried to stop Saturday at 1:30 a.m. After a chase, police said the driver sped toward them and officer opened fire.
Hauser and a dog were killed. The driver and two backseat passengers were arrested.
Hauser's family in Conifer issued a statement Thursday that said:
"Our family is grieving, and there are no words to express the pain and sorrow we are experiencing following the sudden loss of our daughter Kelsey. We miss her immensely. She was bright and fun loving. As a young adult, Kelsey had her problems; we did our best to help her work through these and see her fulfill her potential, but those hopes are now gone. Through it all, Kelsey was a good person. She had a kind heart, an easy smile, and she never hurt anyone. Kelsey’s passing has left a void in our hearts that can never be filled. We would like to thank all our friends and family who have reached out to us. We are very lucky to have so many people who care about us. At this time, we are busy making arrangements to bring Kelsey home."
Our partners at KGTV-TV in San Diego obtained court documents from two different jurisdictions in Colorado, and the documents show Hauser was a no-show several times in Jefferson County court in connection with a drug possession charge. A felony warrant was issued for her arrest.
The driver, Geoffrey Sims, was charged with burglary in Jefferson County. He also had a drug possession charge in Denver. Both jurisdictions have felony warrants for his arrest.