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Notification to Stakeholders CBI Proposed Rule Changes

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is amending these rules to update the timeframe for appealing a denial decision, to update the hours of operation for conducting background checks, and to update the CBI public point of contact for public inspection of documents related to these regulations. The public hearing on these proposed rule changes is April 15, 2024 at 11:00am.

CBI Names Strategic Communications Director

Rob Low has been named the Strategic Communications Director for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI). He began his tenure on March 18, 2024.
“Rob brings a new perspective to this position as a long-time Investigative Reporter to this key function within the CBI,” said CBI Director Chris Schaefer. “As someone with a long track record of covering criminal justice issues from multiple perspectives, we thought he would be ideal in relaying information regarding CBI’s roles and responsibilities in Public Safety, as well as the men and women who carry out these important duties.

CBI Requested to Investigate Use of Force Incident in Kit Carson County

The CBI has been requested to investigate a use of force incident involving two members of the Kit Carson County Sheriff’s Office (KCCSO) on March 15, 2024.

Just before 6:30 p.m. on Friday, the KCCSO members responded to a residence in Flagler for an active arrest warrant of a suspect in connection to an alleged domestic violence and felony menacing incident from Thursday evening (March 14, 2024). The shooting occurred following a confrontation during the search of the residence and remains under investigation.

Warrant Issued in Limon Homicide

A warrant has been issued in the death of a Limon man that has been classified as a homicide.
Carl James "Butch" Hoopingarner, Jr. (DOB: 03/14/1964), Ohio, is being held in Ohio by the Guernsey County Sheriff’s Office on unrelated charges at this time.

It’s believed Hoopingarner was involved in an altercation with in Everett Dale Kerr (DOB:10/16/1959) in Kerr’s home in the 700 block of Wisconsin Avenue in Limon where Kerr allegedly suffered fatal injuries in that altercation.

Mineral County Remains Dating Back 33 Years Identified

Remains located in Mineral County dating back to 1991 have been identified through work performed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation Cold Case team and the Mineral County Sheriff’s Office.

Using Forensic Investigative Genetic Genealogy (FIGG), confirming with dental records and other investigative tools, the remains have been identified as those of Steven Kenneth Risku (DOB 08/16/1957) of Indiana.

Risku's remains were located on Wolf Creek Pass in Mineral County in 1991.

La Junta Shooting Update

The La Junta Police Department (LJPD) is working with agents with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in search of the person(s) responsible for multiple shots fired incidents that sent one juvenile to the hospital on February 2, 2024.

One person sustained non-life-threatening injuries after being shot during the incident last Friday night. The juvenile was taken to the Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center for treatment and released that same night.  

CBI Requested to Investigate Cheyenne County Death

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been requested to investigate the circumstances surrounding a man reported deceased at a home in Cheyenne County.

At approximately 11:35 pm on Saturday, January 19, 2024, deputies with the Cheyenne County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 2000 block of County Road BB and located a resident of the home with injuries. The man was initially transported to a local hospital but then transferred to a Denver-area hospital for treatment. The man later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on Monday, January 22, 2024.



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