The following vignettes describe the circumstances for killings not ruled self-defense by private individuals with permits to carry concealed handguns. The incidents below all occurred in Colorado. The descriptions include the current, known status of any charges filed against the concealed carry killer as reported by news sources as well as noting instances where the perpetrator committed suicide.
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Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Michael Hancock PENDING
Date: June 1, 2018
People Killed: 1
Circumstances: On June 1, 2018, concealed handgun permit holder Michael Hancock, 29, allegedly shot and killed a male passenger in his vehicle following a conflict on a highway, according to police. Hancock was a driver with the Uber car sharing service. The passenger, who may have been shot multiple times, was pronounced dead at a hospital following the confrontation. Hancock was treated at the hospital for unspecified wounds, and released into police custody. Authorities said it was unclear whether Hancock was on a job for Uber at the time of the shooting. Hancock was charged with first degree murder.
Source: “Uber driver who shot passenger arrested in murder investigation, police say” nbcnews.com, June 1, 2018; “ Uber driver involved in shooting had concealed carry permit,” 9news.com, June 1, 2018 .
Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Jared Haley SUICIDE
Date: April 30, 2016
People Killed: 2 (including shooter)
Circumstances: On April 30, 2016, concealed handgun permit holder Jared Haley shot and killed his ex-wife Jessie Powell Haley before turning the gun on himself. According to court records, the Haley’s divorce had closed about a month before the murder-suicide. According to a police report, officers found a note listing pros and cons of the couple moving back in together in the room where their bodies were found. At least three children were present in the home at the time of the shooting. Relatives told police that Jared Haley had previously discussed suicide, had a bad temper, and had grabbed his gun during a prior argument, as well as commenting to a relative that, “If I take myself out, I won’t be going alone.” A neighbor told police that Jessie Haley was upset that Jared had recently obtained a concealed carry permit. Police records show at least five prior visits
by police to the Haley’s home.
Source: “String of domestic violence murder-suicides orphan children, stun communities,” thedenverchannel.com, September 18, 2016.
Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Stefan Bloom PENDING
Date: March 15, 2015
People Killed: 1
Circumstances: On March 15, 2015, concealed handgun permit holder Stefan Bloom, 26, allegedly shot and killed David Edwards, 53. A police “shot spotter” detected three gunshots at approximately 10:45 PM. When police arrived on the scene they found Edwards, shot in the head, lying partially inside the driver’s-side door of Bloom’s Subaru. Bloom, who claimed he acted in self-defense, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. No further details about the circumstances of the shooting have been released by police.
Source: “Concealed carrier arrested in deadly shooting,” 9news.com, March 17, 2015.
Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: Daniel Baker CONVICTED
Date: April 17, 2012
People Killed: 1
Circumstances: On April 17, 2012 concealed handgun permit holder Daniel Baker, 30, allegedly shot and killed Nicholas Carpenter, 21, and shot and injured Benjamin Williams, 33, and Joshua Fenderbosch, 29. According to news reports, Baker accompanied Fenderbosch’s girlfriend to the home she shared with Fenderbosch. She told Baker that she and Fenderbosch had been fighting and that she was afraid she’d be assaulted if she went to the home alone. The girlfriend had told a friend that she brought Baker along for protection and that he had a gun, but that he should use it only to injure, not kill. The girlfriend paid Baker with drugs in advance for the protection. When they arrived, Carpenter, who also lived at the home, called Fenderbosch and told him that the two were talking about how she would “get back at him.” Eventually, Fenderbosch and Williams arrived at the home. An argument ensued, and Baker claimed that Fenderbosch and his friends held him down and beat him. He then went into “fight mode to survive,” drawing his gun and shooting the three men. But according to Fenderbosch and Williams, only Baker and Fenderbosch were fighting, Williams and Carpenter were not involved. They claim that Baker opened fire on the two unarmed men and that even after the fight between Fenderbosch and Baker had ended, Baker kept shooting. Williams recalled saying, “Dude, why are you shooting people?” Williams told police that Baker shot Carpenter a second time while he was on the ground, and then turned the gun on him, firing twice. Baker faces charges of first degree murder.
UPDATE: On July 24, 2013, Daniel Baker pleaded “no contest” to charges of criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor drug possession in the death of Nicholas Carpenter. Baker was sentenced to a four-year deferred sentence on the homicide count and 435 days in jail for drug possession. In May 2013, Baker was acquitted on attempted murder charges for the wounding of Benjamin Williams and Joshua Fenderbosch. The jury hung on the first degree murder charge and Williams accepted the plea deal to avoid another trial and a potential life sentence.
Source: “Pueblo murder suspect who claimed self defense reaches plea agreement,” The Pueblo Chieftain, July 24, 2013; “Judge To Decide Triple Shooting Suspect’s Fate,” 11news, May 23, 2012; “One killed, two hurt in Pueblo shooting,” www.coloradoconnection.com, April 18, 2012.
Concealed Handgun Permit Holder: David Lee Noriega CONVICTED
Date: September 16, 2008
People Killed: 1
Circumstances: On September 16, 2008, David Lee Noriega allegedly shot and killed Clay Frank Eldred at 11:00 PM outside a scrap yard where Noriega was employed as a security guard. Noriega said he fired five shots from his AR-15 assault pistol to warn Eldred—who he claimed charged him with a baseball bat—and another unidentified man. Detectives stated, however, that there were no signs Eldred had tried to enter the scrap yard. According to an affidavit, after the shooting Noriega reportedly made comments to a fellow security guard that they needed to move Eldred’s body onto the scrap yard property and “make it look like the guy he shot had a weapon.” The fellow security guard eventually pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a firearm. Felony charges of accessory to reckless manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence were dismissed as part of a plea agreement. The night of the shooting Noriega was also armed with a 454 caliber handgun and had loaned his fellow security guard a 40 caliber handgun. Noriega, who had a concealed handgun permit, was charged with reckless manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence. On December 31, 2009, Noriega pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.
Source: “Scrapyard security guard pleads guilty in fatal Colo. shooting,” amm.com, January 4, 2010; “Police arrest second guard as accessory: The man is held on suspicion of tampering with physical evidence in a fatal shooting at a scrap yard,” The Pueblo Chieftain, September 20, 2008; “Security guard pleads guilty to misdemeanor,” The Pueblo Chieftan, February 27, 2009.