On February 6, 2021, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed the autopsy of the deceased male victim. The victim has been identified as 44-year-old John Richard Roth of Colorado Springs. Mr. Roth’s death is the second homicide investigation in the City of Colorado Springs in 2021. The CSPD investigated three homicides at this time last year. This investigation is active and further details will be released in the future as appropriate.
On February 5, 2021, at 2:52 P.M., the Colorado Springs Police Department’s (CSPD) Communication Center received a report of a shooting inside a residence at an apartment complex in the 3900 Block of Galley Road. When CSPD officers arrived on the scene, they located one deceased adult male. Officers also located a second adult male suffering from serious injuries. The injured male was transported to the hospital in serious condition.
Based on the preliminary investigation, detectives from CSPD’s Violent Crimes Section responded and assumed responsibility for this investigation. While the Coroner’s Office will make the official cause and manner of death determination, this death is being investigated as a homicide and continues to be an active investigation. Additional information, including any information about the suspect(s), will be released as it becomes available.
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.