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Ex-employer of murder suicide suspect in Colorado says he made threats

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December 28, 2022
By The Associated Press


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A man who police believe fatally shot his wife and then himself outside a worship hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in suburban Denver had threatened to kill her and shoot a union representative after losing his job as an electrician last year, according to a court filing by his former employer.

Enoch Apodaca, 46, and Melissa Martinez, 44, were members of the congregation, police have said.

In an application for a protection order against Apodaca filed in December 2021, a representative of Sturgeon Electric Company Inc. wrote that Apodaca told a union representative he would shoot Martinez and the union representative, and then “will come after the people responsible” at the company for he and his wife losing their jobs. The application, first reported by The Denver Post, noted that Apodaca had been fired in June 2021 but did not say why.

After Sunday’s suspected murder-suicide, the Adams County bomb squad responded to the worship hall, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 68 building and a home believed to be Apodaca’s to check for explosives, said Adams County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Adam Sherman. Three incendiary-style devices were found at the site of the Christmas Day shooting but were rendered safe, police have said.

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Sherman on Wednesday referred questions about the other locations to Thornton police. A phone message was left with the police department seeking more details.


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