Deadly attack detailed
Man methodical with shootings, documents say
Terry Fine had just loaded luggage in the trunk of Mike and Flo Gallagher’s silver BMW and was walking back to his house to make sure the alarm was set when a dark green sport utility vehicle pulled up and a man with a dark bag jumped out.
Moments later Saturday morning, Fine lay dead on his driveway, and Flo Gallagher was mortally wounded.
Each was shot four times by the man with the dark bag, according to a Grand Junction Police Department affidavit and the Mesa County Coroner Office’s autopsy report.
Weaved together, the two documents and statements from witnesses add chilling detail to the bizarre killings that investigators still are wrestling to explain.
Mike and Flo Gallagher were backing out of their own driveway Saturday morning when Mike Gallagher saw a green SUV making a U-turn using his driveway, he told police. Gallagher reported no incident on the way to the Fines’ home at 2632 Chestnut Drive in north Grand Junction.
Police, however, are asking whether anyone, especially the driver or passengers of a white, four-door pickup that stopped between 8:20 a.m. and
8:30 a.m. Saturday at 27 and G roads, saw the Gallaghers’ silver BMW followed by the dark green SUV.
The truck driver waved the Gallaghers through the intersection, a four-way stop, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police tip line for the investigation at 244-3755.
The Fines were waiting in their driveway with their bags when the Gallaghers arrived, according to the affidavit.
The green SUV pulled up as Terry Fine was walking toward the house, and the driver walked toward Fine with the dark bag. Gallagher told police he first thought the man might be a door-to-door salesman.
The man, believed to be Stefan Alexander Martin-Urban, 22, pulled a gun and fired several shots at Fine, who fell to the ground.
Terry Fine, according to the autopsy report, was killed instantly.
Officers noted that Fine’s glasses were still on his face when they inspected the scene.
The shooter then walked to the rear passenger side of the BMW and fired into Linda Fine, who was seated in the back seat.
Flo Gallagher got out of the BMW as the shooter was firing at her, according to the affidavit.
“The wounds sustained by Mrs. Gallagher were instantly incapacitating and rapidly fatal,” Dr. Robert Kurtzman, the pathologist, wrote. “Mrs. Gallagher’s wounds were not survivable.”
Mike Gallagher threw the BMW into reverse, then drove east with Linda Fine still in the back seat. He told police he didn’t know what happened to his wife, the affidavit said.
Linda Fine is no longer listed in the patient directory at St. Mary’s, but friends said she still was recovering there Tuesday.
Richie Hahn, who was jogging in the area and ran toward the shots that morning, said he remembers the silver BMW roaring up to him on Chestnut Drive near Seventh Street and screeching to a halt.
“The one thing that stuck in my head was that when he (Gallagher) rolled down the window, smoke poured out” of the car’s interior, evidently from the gunfire inside the vehicle, Hahn said.
Officers found several expended 9 mm shell casings and an unexpended 9 mm cartridge at the Fines’ house, the affidavit said.
Gallagher sped toward St. Mary’s Hospital, and Hahn moments later exchanged glances with Martin-Urban, who drove by as Hahn spoke with a Mesa County sheriff’s deputy he flagged down.
Martin-Urban drove off 26 1/2 Road about 45 minutes after the shootings, when he was pursued by Mesa County sheriff’s deputies.
He was found alive inside the vehicle, suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot, the affidavit said.
Investigators found a 9 mm semiautomatic Ruger handgun near him, according to the affidavit. They also noted there were two bullet holes in the front windshield on the passenger side.
An autopsy on Martin-Urban’s remains was completed after he was pronounced dead and life support was discontinued, the autopsy report said. Martin-Urban suffered a contact gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a suicide, the report said.