Hot Sulphur Springs Hotel where Grand County deputy fatally shot man owned by deputy DA, officer
April 29, 2013
HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — The fatal shooting of a man late Monday night by a Grand County Sheriff’s deputy took place in front of a home owned by a Grand County deputy district attorney and a Grand County sheriff’s officer.
One witness who was getting her mail at the Hot Sulphur Springs Post Office on Monday night around the time of the shooting at the Riverside Hotel said she saw a “scuffle” take place in front of the Riverside property.
A neighbor said he heard an argument with “shouting and screaming” outside of the Riverside around 10:30 p.m. The neighbor, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said he then heard a four-wheeler drive up the Parshall Divide. The noise from the argument then died down, he said.
Later while inside his home, the neighbor said he heard three consecutive gun shots. He ran to the scene, at which time another witness yelled at him to call 911.
Dispatch received a 911 call from a deputy’s wife at about 11:50 p.m., according to Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson.
At least two people witnessed the shooting. One woman — whose home was cordoned off across the street from the Riverside Hotel on Tuesday morning — said outside her home that she saw the incident take place.
The witness was then discouraged from sharing further details by an on-scene officer.
Investigators Tuesday morning were dusting the outside of a parked white Ford truck for fingerprints. The vehicle, which was parked near the post office, belongs to the witness who was getting her mail at the time of the shooting. That witness declined to share what she saw with the Sky-Hi News. Her truck was later released to her.
The scene of the incident, the Riverside Hotel, is a five bedroom, four bathroom two-story building on Grand Avenue built in 1910 owned by longtime Deputy District Attorney Heather Stein, the wife of John Stein, who is a Grand County Sheriff’s officer.
Heather Stein purchased the bank-owned property in September 2011, according to county records.
News, citing unidentified sources, reported this morning that Heather Stein made the 911 call and also fired at least one shot at the man who was killed. The Sky-Hi News has not been able to independently verify her involvement.
News broke the story on its website last night.
A contractor who showed up to work at the taped-off property on Tuesday morning reported to the Sky-Hi News the owners have been renovating the historic hotel to make it a single-family home.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.