Clifton man charged in suicide attempt

A suicidal Clifton man who in February shot himself in the chest before the bullet exited his back, striking a woman inside a home, has been formally charged by the District Attorney’s Office, while authorities are still looking for a second suspect in the case.

Michael Sexton, 31, is charged with a felony count of possession of a weapon by a prior offender, as well as misdemeanor counts of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and prohibited use of a weapon.

Sexton, who had been staying as a guest at 3304 Delicious Drive, had been expressing suicidal thoughts over a breakup with a girlfriend in the hours leading up to the shooting incident at the home on the evening of Feb. 13, according to an arrest affidavit.

Crystal Mannon, 30, was standing directly behind Sexton when he pointed a 9 mm x 18 Markov semi-automatic handgun at his chest, and she said she heard one shot.

“She first thought deputies may have shot a “bean bag” that hit her hip, but then realized Michael had shot himself and the bullet exited his body and entered her hip,” the affidavit said.

Her two children, ages 10 and 14, were in the bedroom at the time and didn’t witness the shooting.

Deputies found an empty .380 caliber casing near the doorway of the home, while more unfired ammunition was found in the bedroom, the affidavit said.

“Research confirms it is possible to fire .380 caliber ammunition from a 9 mm x 18 (handgun), which is Russian made, having the same size projectile as a .380 with a slightly longer casing,” an investigator wrote in the affidavit.

Mesa County sheriff’s deputies, who were called to the home to handle a report of a suicidal man, were walking up to the property when they reported hearing a single shot from inside, saw the door open and Sexton and Mannon stumble outside.

Sexton was charged with the felony based a guilty plea in December 2010 to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the affidavit.

The bullet that struck Mannon was removed in minor surgery, while the affidavit doesn’t address medical treatment provided to Sexton.

Aside from Sexton, Colin Williams, 35, the lease holder at the Delicious Drive home, is wanted on an active arrest warrant alleging one count of possession of a weapon by a prior offender. Deputies found two handguns, a .22 caliber revolver and a 9mm pistol inside an open safe in a master bedroom as well as what was described by a deputy as an “AR-15 style rifle.”

Williams was prohibited from owning firearms because of convictions in 2000 and 2003 for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and trespassing.

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