Suspected active shooter worked for city

7:12 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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DENVER - 9Wants to Know has learned the man accused of shooting his wife and then killing his neighbor worked for the city's solid waste department for 13 years.

Daniel Abeyta, 31, is expected to face several felony charges for shooting his wife in the legs with a shotgun and then fatally shooting neighbor Sandra Roskilly.

Roskilly's family believes she may have tried to help Abeyta's wife during a domestic dispute before the shooting happened.

The standoff occurred late Friday morning in the 2200 block of Irving Street at the home of Abeyta's wife.

A probable cause statement obtained by 9Wants to Know says a neighbor saw Abeyta shoot at one of the propane tanks he placed out in the street and then shot at Roskilly.

The document also says Abeyta once threatened his wife's family with "homemade bombs."

Abeyta was hired by the city in February of 2000, but then his job as a heavy equipment operator within the solid waste department came to an end in June of this year.

As of this publication, the circumstances surrounding Abeyta's departure from his city job remain unknown.

A spokesperson for the Denver's public works department said she was only allowed to confirm his past job title.

9Wants to Know also found Abeyta's YouTube channel which contains videos showing a man firing a gun at something that explodes.

In other videos on the channel, Abeyta can be heard showing off his yellow Maserati, Land Rover and jewelry.

Online records indicate Abeyta is being held on three felonies, including murder.

Have a comment or tip for investigative reporter Jeremy Jojola? Call him at 303-871-1425 or e-mail him

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