Rifle shooting victim identified
The man who died in a shooting Wednesday evening in Rifle has been identified as Christopher Lee Gallegos, a resident of Rifle. He was 28 years old.
The incident occurred in north Rifle on the 2600 block of Acacia Avenue, outside an apartment building. Residents reported hearing shots from the nearby Kum & Go convenience store.
Rifle Chief of Police Tommy Klein said that while the matter remained under investigation later Wednesday, “It was not a random act.”
The Garfield County Coroner’s Office on Thursday said an autopsy determined the cause of death to be a gunshot wound to the head, Coroner Robert Glassmire said.
The Rifle Police Department was working the case with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Rifle police asked that anyone with information call 970-665-6500.
No arrests had been made by early Thursday afternoon, according to Klein. It was the county’s first homicide of 2017.
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