The District Attorney's office won't seek charges for a Jan. 21 shooting death in Northglenn, saying the shooting was done in self-defense. The shooting at 117th Ave. and Delaware Court in Northglenn …
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The District Attorney's office won't seek charges for a Jan. 21 shooting death in Northglenn, saying the shooting was done in self-defense.
The shooting at 117th Ave. and Delaware Court in Northglenn was the result of a domestic assault, according to the District Attorny's office. The shooting left one man, Angel Escobar, dead after being shot by his stepfather, Jacob Renteria.
“The death of any individual in our community is deeply saddening and Mr. Escobar's death is understandably devastating to his family and friends,” the District Attorney's office said in a written statement. “The District Attorney's Office and the Northglenn Police Department, however, must follow the evidence and the law when determining whether to file charges in a case. Following the comprehensive investigation done by the Northglenn Police Department in this case, the District Attorney's Office and the Northglenn Police Department jointly agree that no charges should be filed. The evidence supports the conclusion that Mr. Renteria was acting in defense of himself and others when he fired his weapon at Mr. Escobar. Therefore, Mr. Renteria will not be charged as a result of this unfortunate incident.”
Northglenn Police responded to a call at the residence just after noon on Jan. 21 from a woman saying her boyfriend and his stepdad were fighting. Upon arrival, they were approached by a man, Renteria, and a woman. Renteria appeared to be bleeding from a cut on his face and had his hands in the air, telling police “I have my pistol and I shot him”, according to the District Attorney's statement.
The woman was later identified as Escobar's mother.
They told police that Escobar was engaged in a physical altercation with his girlfriend, according to the statement. Renteria stepped in and attempted to remove the girlfriend from the home for her safety but Escobar stopped that and the two fought, with Escobar threatening to kill him. According to the District Attorney's statement, Renteria went back in the house and Escobar followed, pulling the storm door off the front and, upon hearing approaching police sirens, said “If I'm going to go to jail, I'm going for a reason. I'm going to kill everyone.”
Renteria told police he'd gone to his bedroom to collect his handgun while Escobar went to his room, telling Renteria “Sorry, you're going to have to be the first one to die.” Renteria told police that Escobar came back out of his bedroom with something black in his hand and raised it.
“Renteria said that he was in fear for his life, thinking that Mr. Escobar was armed with a gun and fired his gun at Mr. Escobar multiple times,” the District Attorney's statement read. “Mr. Renteria explained that Mr. Escobar previously threatened to kill everyone in the family a week prior and he suspected Mr. Escobar had a firearm in his possession at the time he fired his gun.”
Later investigation showed that Escobar did not possess a weapon at the time of the shooting.
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