HOT SULPHUR SPRINGS — Law enforcement officials continue to investigate the fatal shooting of a Michigan man that occurred in Hot Sulphur Springs, just before midnight at a residence in the 500 block of Grand Avenue on April 1.
Agents with the Colorado Bureau of investigation (CBI), in conjunction with the Critical Incident Team for Moffat, Grand and Routt counties, have determined the deceased man, 31-year-old Joshua Lee Stevens of Coral, Mich., was not known to the homeowners. It was reported that Stevens had been in Hot Sulphur Springs for about a week, and was in the area looking for work.
Friends of the deceased have reported they believe Stevens was at the home of John Stein and Heather Stein that night to attempt to help his friend, who, according to sources and entries on Facebook, reportedly was incarcerated in Grand County after an alleged theft from his employer.
Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson could not confirm or deny the information provided by Sky-Hi News sources.
Two sources who claim to have known Stevens for longer than 15 years said he was a “non-violent person” and dedicated friend who had drug dependency issues in the past.
John Stein is a lieutenant for the Grand County Sheriff's Office and Heather Stein serves as a deputy district attorney for the 14th Judicial District. Both remain on administrative leave.
A press release issued by CBI reports that Stevens attempted to force his way into the home after pounding on the door just before midnight and immediately became engaged in an altercation with John Stein.
Both Steins received minor injuries as a result of the altercation.
It is believed Stevens was shot during the course of the physical struggle.
The Grand County Coroner, Brenda Bock, reported that Stevens died from “multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.” Results of the autopsy show he was shot four times.
Agents are still waiting on the results of a toxicology report to determine if alcohol and/or drugs were involved in the incident.