LAKEWOOD, Colorado (CBS4) – As family and friends mourn the loss of loved ones in a fatal shooting that spanned from Denver to Lakewood on Dec. 27, questions about the shooter are mounting.
“It’s really upsetting for a community,” Rep. Ed Perlmutter said.
He is one of four congressional leaders, including Representatives Jason Crow (CO-06), Diana DeGette (CO-01) and Joe Neguse (CO-02), who sent a letter to the US Department of Justice asking an investigation into the handling of prior encounters between law enforcement and the alleged shooter, Lyndon McCleod.
In part, the letter states, “We have serious concerns about the information sharing and response of law enforcement officials and whether it has been adequate, timely and thorough.”
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Mcleod is believed to have targeted most of his victims and published a book depicting him carrying out a shootout in Denver that included the names of those who were murdered.
“This individual was known to law enforcement, he was on our radar,” Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said at a news conference the day after the shooting.
He confirmed there had been at least two previous investigations into the shooter, but said none had resulted in criminal charges.
“I don’t want to throw mud on the Denver police or the FBI or any other agency, it’s more about process because we’ve seen this before,” Perlmutter said.
The purpose of the letter, he says, is to better understand what happened and do more to prevent it from happening again.
“Is there good sharing of information between different police departments and agencies like the FBI and Homeland Security or are there too many silos,” Perlmutter said, “When do you let someone ‘one off the radar screen?’
The Denver Department of Public Safety responded with the following statement: “The Denver Department of Public Safety is conducting its own review of the January 2021 investigation of Lyndon McLeod and will cooperate fully if the Department of Justice initiates an investigation. .”