Colorado Springs police ID murder-suicide victims – Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs police have identified the victims of a murder-suicide found in a burning home on Monday as the couple who lived inside the home, on the 300 block of Redwood Drive.
Police believe Joshua Cabrera, 35, shot his wife, Leah Cabrera, 33, before shooting himself. Leah Cabrera’s death has been ruled a homicide, and the fifth in Colorado Springs this year.
Two children lived in the home, but were not there when the incident occurred. Someone called 9-1-1 to report that “his friend called and said he had been shot,” police said Monday afternoon.
When police arrived at the scene, the house was fully engulfed in flames. The house is southeast of Austin Bluffs Parkway and Nevada Avenue.
Police entered the burning home and found a woman who appeared to have been shot to death and were forced to leave because the flames and smoke were so intense. Firefighters who arrived on scene a short time later found a man apparently shot to death.
The house was set on fire at some point during the shooting, police said in a press release issued Tuesday afternoon. Investigators found accelerant placed around the home. Police did not say what type of accelerant was found.
No other suspects were being sought by police.
At this time last year, Colorado Springs had 10 homicides, police said.
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