After making terrifying 911 calls to the police, three children were rescued from a house where two people had been killed. Javier Acevedo, 49, is a murder suspect who was sought after by SWAT troops after they received calls from young people claiming to be hiding from a shooter inside the home.
A 12-year-old made the first call, reporting that their mother had been shot. Two minutes later, a 14-year-old made a second call, reporting that they were running from a shooter inside the house.
After receiving the distressing emergency phone calls on Thursday, officers sped to the scene in Loveland, Colorado. Authorities discovered a 16-year-old with gunshot wounds at the residence along with a dead female, age 41.
Before police found and rescued a 2-year-old in the backyard, another 5-year-old youngster was safely located inside the house. The 12-year-old caller, who had been sheltering in a basement closet, had alerted police that the gunman might still be inside the house.
The gunman, who Loveland Police identified as Acevedo, was not found when the SWAT team cleared the property. Authorities discovered Acevedo was probably armed and dangerous and was operating a Volkswagen Jetta.
Police monitored the suspect’s mobile phone signal and followed him to Erie, where they spotted a “possible suspect” walking about with a long rifle. According to Loveland police, he was discovered dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after authorities arrived.
The suspect was identified as Javier Acevedo based on preliminary information, but police said a positive identification will come from the Weld County Coroner’s Office. As police began a manhunt for Avecedo on Thursday, neighbors reportedly described the situation as frantic.
He was the subject of numerous restraining orders and was accused of sexually assaulting a minor. The community is not currently under threat, according to Loveland police. The inquiry is still ongoing.