Woman dies after shooting
Man arrested, but no charges have been filed
A Glenwood Springs woman who was critically wounded in a shooting early Tuesday morning has died of her injuries.
Audrey Lowndes, 40, was shot in the back of her head at a trailer on South Grand Avenue in Glenwood Springs, Glenwood police say. She was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
James McCabe Mallin, 28, was arrested in the incident. He is being held in the Garfield County Jail in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.
Lowndes was Mallin’s girlfriend, and they lived in the trailer with a roommate. According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Mallin told police he found her in their bedroom sitting in a chair with her back to him and holding his .22-caliber rifle, and the gun went off when he grabbed the butt of it and pulled it backward.
The roommate told police he heard the couple arguing loudly for about 15 minutes and then heard the gunshot.
The affidavit said the shooting followed a night of drinking by Mallin, Lowndes, the roommate and Mallin’s father.
Mallin was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, prohibited use of weapons and reckless endangerment. He has yet to be formally charged.
“Our investigation continues to determine what charges are appropriate. This development (Lowndes’ death) obviously opens up the range of offenses,” said Tony Hershey, a deputy district attorney for the Ninth Judicial District.