On Friday, March 20, 2020, the El Paso County Coroner Office completed the autopsy of the deceased adult female that was located inside a residence in the 1900 Block of La Salle Street on March 19, 2020. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Annie Acevedo-Hernandez who is a resident of Colorado Springs. Through the investigation, Homicide/Assault Unit detectives learned that her husband, 20-year-old Victor Esquivel, was handling a rifle inside of the residence when it discharged once causing the fatal injury to Ms. Acevedo-Hernandez. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Esquivel. He was arrested for the charge of Manslaughter and booked into the El Paso County Jail.
Ms. Acevedo-Hernandez’s death is the 14th homicide investigation in the City of Colorado Springs in 2020. The Colorado Springs Police Department investigated three homicides at this time last year.
On Thursday, March 19, 2020, at approximately 3:43 P.M., the Colorado Springs Police Department’s (CSPD) Communications Center received a report of a shooting that occurred in the 1900 Block of La Salle Street. When CSPD officers responded, they located one adult female deceased inside the residence.
Based on the preliminary investigation by patrol officers, detectives from CSPD’s Violent Crimes Section responded and assumed responsibility for the investigation. All parties are accounted for and there is no immediate threat to the public. While this is still early in the investigation, it appears that this incident involved two individuals who were known to each other and resided in the same residence. While the Coroner’s Office will make the official cause and manner of death determination, this death is being investigated as a potential homicide and continues to be an active investigation. Updates will be released in the future as appropriate.
Anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.