Shootings Of Public Officials Bring Up Old Wounds For Adams County DA
BRIGHTON, Colo. (CBS4) – Since the shooting of Colorado’s Corrections department chief late last month and the death of a district attorney in Texas last weekend prosecutors in both states have been more mindful than ever about personal security.
Adams County District Attorney Dave Young told CBS4 this week he had to tell his staff and his family to be on alert.
“I had to have a conversation with my kids. Don’t answer the door. period. No matter what time of day it is. Just don’t answer the door,” Young said.
Young said the recent incidents have brought up the old scars. His office saw one of its own prosecutors gunned down five years ago.
County prosecutor Sean May was shot to death at his Denver home in 2008. The killer has never been found.
Young says after May’s death extra cameras and security were added to his building.
He doesn’t believe May’s case is connected to the 2013 cases, but he insists the criminals who remain at large in the cases will be found.
“I think it’s a very cowardly act for someone to take a public official’s life because it’s not going to stop. There’s always going to be a DA handling the case, a police officer handling the case. And they’re going to get caught.”
Officials with Denver police said the May case is still an active and ongoing investigation.