Rifle Police and others are investigating a deadly shooting that occurred Wednesday night near Wamsley Elementary School. According to Rifle Police Chief Tommy Klein, dispatchers received a call reporting shots fired in the 2600 block of Acacia Avenue (near the Dearfield Park Subdivision) just before 8 o’clock. When officers arrived, they found the victim, 28 year old Lee Gallegos of Rifle. Garfield County Coroner Robert Glassmire says Gallegos died of a gunshot wound to the head.
Early Thursday evening, Rifle Police obtained an arrest warrant for 45-year-old Michael Francis Montgomery. His hometown was not indicated on a press release from the Rifle Police Department. Montgomery is reportedly 5’8″ tall and weighs 177 pounds. The charge stated on the arrest warrant is murder. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Montgomery is advised not to attempt to contact him and immediately call the Rifle Police Department at 970-665-6500 or dial 9-1-1.
Chief Klein did not disclose many details of the shooting, but did say it was “…not a random act.”
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is assisting with the investigation.