Murder-Suicide In Front of Montrose Home
by Kati O'Hare
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Randy Briggs, left; Patricia Briggs and Charity Gilbert, right
Randy Briggs, left; Patricia Briggs and Charity Gilbert, right
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MONTROSE - The Montrose Police Department has released the names of two victims involved in what appears to be a murder-suicide on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 25, in north Montrose.

Charity Gilbert, 20, and Randy Briggs, 31, were found dead on the front lawn of Briggs' home not long after Gilbert's arrival, with Briggs' estranged wife, Patricia, to pick up the couple's four children.

Police responded to a report of gunshots Saturday, around 8 p.m., at 833 S. 40 Drive in the Homestead Subdivision. After securing the scene, police found Gilbert and Briggs dead in the front yard, and a shotgun in close proximity to Briggs.

The coroner's report revealed that Gilbert's cause of death was from multiple gunshot wounds, while Briggs died of one gunshot wound and his death is classified as a suicide.

Briggs is the only suspect in the homicide of Gilbert, Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said.

Lillard described it as a very traumatic and violent scene that took place in the front yard.

In the course of the investigation, police established that Gilbert and Patricia Briggs arrived at the home Saturday to pick up Patricia's four children from their father.

It was at that time that Gilbert was shot, Lillard said.

Police Chief Tom Chinn said that Patricia Briggs ran through an open neighbor's door when the shooting started and called police.

"We don't believe he (Briggs) had any intention of harming her (Patricia)," he said. "But I don't know if we'll ever know that answer for sure."

The children, ranging in age from 10 months to 6 years, had been locked in the home and were unharmed when police found them.

There was no evidence that any violence had occurred inside the home.

Lillard said a suicide note had been found written into the dust on a car in the garage, but he did not elaborate.

According to the Facebook pages of Gilbert and Patricia Briggs, the two were very much in love and were engaged.

Police had visited that same address in January. No arrests where made at that time and police would not release details on that visit.

According to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation background check, Briggs had a history of domestic abuse, and was arrested in 2007 on misdemeanor counts of child abuse, domestic violence, obstruction of phone service and property mischief.

kohare@watchnewspapers.com

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The Montrose Police Department has released the names of two victims involved in what appears to be a murder-suicide on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 25, in north Montrose.

Charity Gilbert, 20, and Randy Briggs, 31, were found dead on the front lawn of Briggs' home not long after Gilbert's arrival , with Briggs' estranged wife, Patricia, to pick up the couple's four children.

Police responded to a report of gunshots Saturday, around 8 p.m., at 833 S. 40 Drive in the Homestead Subdivision. After securing the scene, police found Gilbert and Briggs dead in the front yard, and a shotgun in close proximity to Briggs.

Briggs is the only suspect in the homicide, Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said.

Lillard described it as a very traumatic and violent scene that took place in the front yard.

In the course of the investigation, police established that Gilbert and Patricia Briggs arrived at the home Saturday to pick up Patricia's four children from their father.

It was at that time that Gilbert was shot, Lillard said.

The children, ranging in age from 10 months to 6 years, had been locked in the home and were unharmed when police found them.

There was no evidence that any violence had occurred inside the home.

Lillard said a suicide note had been found written into the dust on a car in the garage, but he did not elaborate.

According to the Facebook pages of Gilbert and Patricia Briggs, the two were engaged.

Police had visited that same address in January but would not release details on that visit.

According to Channel 11 News, in Denver, a Colorado Bureau of Investigation background check revealed that Briggs had a history of domestic abuse, and was arrested in 2007 on misdemeanor counts of child abuse, domestic violence, obstruction of phone service and property mischief.

See the upcoming edition of The Watch for more on this story.

kohare@watchnewspapers.com
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NurseBeanie
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February 27, 2012
So sad... Our thoughts are with those babies.....