But police believe either the husband or wife smashed a window at a Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall and threw three “pipe bombs” incendiary bombs into the building as the incident unfolded, said officer Joe. Walker said.
The device did not explode, and there was only one person in the building at the time.
“None of them seemed to come out,” he said. “I don’t want to think what would have happened if they had done that.”
Investigators believe the husband killed his wife and then himself in the parking lot next to the chapel around 9 a.m. Sunday. The dead couple, whose identities have not been publicly disclosed, were former members of the Kingdom Hall congregation meeting at 951 Milky Way.
Walker said investigators are still working to determine whether the husband or wife broke the window and threw a pipe bomb-like device inside.
“It’s not clear yet,” he said. “It doesn’t seem clear what was going on between the two, so it’s hard to say.”
The first police officers arrived on the scene at 9:04 am. They were asked to report a structural fire in the chapel. However, upon arrival, he discovers an already shot victim in the parking lot.
“It’s as if[the shooting]happened when they were trying to get there, or had already happened,” Walker said.
He did not know who called the police about the reported building fire in the chapel. Other congregations arrived earlier than the congregation’s scheduled 9:30 a.m. meeting, and some witnessed some of the incident, but Walker did not know when they arrived or what they saw. I didn’t know exactly what it was.No one else was shot, Walker said, except for the husband and wife.
Authorities successfully disarmed a pipe bomb-style device on Sunday.
Walker said on Monday why the couple were former members of the congregation, what weapon the husband used in the shooting, whether the husband had a previous criminal record, or whether the man had previous interactions with Thornton police. said he didn’t know.
The victim’s identity will be released by the Adams County coroner’s office, but a request for comment was not returned on Monday.
The Shellerwood Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses called the incident a “gratuitous attack” in a statement on Sunday. They declined further comment on Monday.
“Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were traumatized by the heinous acts that took the lives of innocent victims and threatened the lives of many others,” the statement said.