Murder warrant issued in shooting on Orchard Mesa
The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department is looking for 22-year-old Joshua Eugene Ringold, who is wanted in connection with a shooting Friday at an Orchard Mesa home.
The department warns that Ringold should be considered armed and dangerous.
Though details about the shooting are sketchy, department investigators said they obtained a murder warrant for Ringold’s arrest after he was identified as the shooter in an attempted robbery by three men at 293 1/2 28 Road.
The homeowner, who has not been identified, was shot and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital, the Sheriff’s Department said. The department did not provide an update on his condition Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Department said a 16-year-old “co-conspirator” was killed, and the Mesa County Coroner’s Office identified the 16-year-old as Cody R. English. The Coroner’s Office reported English died from a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled his death a homicide.
Deputies arrested one suspect in the case, 20-year-old Jeremiah Carey of Grand Junction, on Friday. Carey is being held without bond at Mesa County Jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary.
Carey had been sentenced to three years probation and 18 months work-release in November 2010 for cultivation of marijuana, forgery and burglary, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
The arrest warrants for Ringold and Carey have been sealed.
According to earlier reports, deputies were called to the home at 12:18 a.m. Friday by the wife of the homeowner. She said her husband went outside the home around midnight and found three men who had been making banging sounds at the front door.
The homeowner armed himself with a metal pipe and later was shot, but not before he hit one of the assailants with the pipe, according to Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Lisa McCammon.
The Sheriff’s Department on Saturday said deputies located Ringold in a house in the 2900 block of Globe Willow Avenue early Saturday morning, but Ringold fled before he could be apprehended.
Ringold is wanted on suspicion of numerous felonies, including first-degree murder, criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, two counts of assault and two counts of felony menacing, the Sheriff’s Department said.
The incident at 293 1/2 28 Road is not related to a second shooting and attempted burglary in another Orchard Mesa home Friday, the Sheriff’s Department said.
In the second case, a homeowner at 197 Indiana St. critically shot a man who tried to get inside his home, and the Sheriff’s Department provided no other details about that shooting or the victim’s condition Saturday.