Shooting Investigation Reopened After It Was Closed 2 Years Ago
EVANS, Colo. (CBS4) – Evans Police announced on Monday that they are reopening a shooting investigation that was closed two years ago. Police and the coroner originally determined Ashley Fallis committed suicide in 2012.
“Following a comprehensive investigation, our conclusion and that of the Weld County Coroner was that the shooting was a suicide and the case was then closed,” said Evans Police Chief Rick Brandt.
“I was shocked and didn’t believe, not when somebody lives life like that, when they enjoy life,” said neighbor Rick Glover.
The Evans police chief says there are allegations that important witness statements weren’t document correctly and that an officer tried to cover up evidence.
“Specifically the allegations say the officer omitted material statements from witnesses and that he changed at least one statement of a key witness in the case to support the conclusion of suicide,” said Brandt.
Fallis’ husband, who was home at the time of the shooting, was a Weld County Sheriff’s deputy.
Police say he cooperated with the initial investigation.
Police in Evans said they will be working with Fort Collins Police on investigating the case.
Neighbors aren’t sure exactly what happened the day Fallis was shot and say the new investigation was to be expected.
“I’m surprised it took this long,” said Glover.