GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. (CBS4) – Police are still looking for a motive after a young woman was gunned down outside her apartment in Greenwood Village near the Denver Tech Center on Thursday.
Police say Emily Weikert, 25, was fatally shot in the Promenade Place Apartments garage after an apparent struggle.
SWAT team officers then went to the apartment of a 51-year-old man described as a person of interest in the shooting. After a three-hour standoff, they entered to find Robert Lewis dead with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head Thursday evening.
Police say Lewis was recently fired after harassing Weikert at work. Police told CBS4 their investigation now solely focused on Lewis, who lived at the Carriage Place Apartments. They said evidence found inside Lewis’ apartment has made him the primary suspect.
Police said Lewis worked with Weikert at the national headquarters of CoBank, located at 5500 South Quebec Street in Greenwood Village.
Early in the investigation there was a Jeep Cherokee that was another focal point. Its owner, whose name hasn’t being released, was also a person of interest. Police now say that man, who was the last person to see Weikert alive, has been completely cleared in the investigation. He cooperated fully with police and was said to be in a current relationship with Weikert.
Weikert was a credit analyst at Cobank’s headquarters. She worked there about three years. She graduated summa cum laude from Iowa State University with a degree in finance. CBS4 spoke with of her professors who says he is heartbroken.
“She was bright, charismatic … she impressed people immediately, you just knew this was a quality person, very, very special, very talented,” said Michael Crum, Dean of the School Of Business at Iowa State. “”It’s a real tragedy and a great loss.”
CBS4 spoke with Weikert’s church in her hometown of Des Moines, Iowa. They say her services will take place in Iowa but haven’t been scheduled yet. Her family spent time with their pastor Friday morning as they grieve the loss of the daughter.