Leadville Officer Shoots Male in Domestic Dispute
By Kathy Bedell © Leadville Today
Early this morning October 30, a Leadville Police Officer shot and critically injured a 32-year-old Leadville resident, Dylan Gregg, after responding to a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance at 132 W. 6th Street in Leadville. The house is the residence of Gregg, Lisa Klopfenstein, and their infant child.
According to a press release distributed by Lake County’s Public Information Officer (PIO) Betty Benson, the responding officer was confronted by Gregg.
“The responding officer deployed a less lethal device, a Taser, which did not prevent Gregg from continuing to threaten the officer by his actions. In response, the Leadville officer shot Gregg at least one time. Gregg has been transported by helicopter to a hospital on the Front Range after being treated at St. Vincent General Hospital in Lake County. His condition is unknown at this time. The involved police officer was uninjured. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is investigating the matter currently. Further information will be released as it is available. The situation is resolved and no persons in the community are in any further danger.”
Leadville Today (LT) received that media advisory, released from both the Lake County PIO and District Attorney Bruce Brown’s office. LT followed up by phone with PIO Benson with questions regarding whether or not the shooting victim was armed. Benson said she could not confirm or deny whether the suspect had a weapon and is bound to release only the information approved by Leadville Police Chief Rob Glenny and DA Bruce Brown.
So as the Colorado Bureau of Investigation continues its investigation, Gregg lies in critical condition at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs. According to information provided in a phone interview from the hospital, Lisa’s father James Klopfenstein confirmed that Gregg was shot several times in the stomach area.
“He’s pretty torn up,” J. Klopfenstein reported, adding that there are more surgeries ahead for the 32-year-old father of three. But perhaps most importantly, James Klopfenstein was able to confirm – unequivocally – that Gregg was unarmed. In fact, not only was Gregg unarmed at the time the unidentified LPD officer drew his weapon, but the couple does not have any weapons in the house.
As the interview continued, Klopfenstein described a redemptive scenario as the father of three had recently completed his restitution program attached to some prior offenses, most stemming from ongoing custody issues with Gregg’s older two children from another relationship.
“He had recently gotten off probation and was in a recovery program,” he explained. In fact, two weeks ago he had won a court-ordered custody arrangement involving his two older children. According to Klopfenstein, it was a court order that LPD was refusing to enforce which led to some tension between Gregg and the local police.
According to a female neighbor – who asked not to be identified – there had never been any trouble with the couple prior to this morning’s shooting, adding she would often see Gregg playing in the backyard with his dogs. She confirmed that the couple lived there about three years.
“I never saw the cops over there,” she confirmed, adding that it was the law enforcement commotion – and not the sound of a gunshot – which awoke her and her sleeping children early this morning. “I hope he’s okay.”
One common thread from interviews was that Gregg might have attempted to throw a can of paint at the officer as he approached. There were reports of fresh paint spilled in the driveway, but since it’s a crime scene under a CBI investigation, no one was allowed too close.
Leadville Today also reached out to Leadville Mayor Greg Labbe, the elected official charged to oversee the police department.
“I went by the officer’s house who was involved in the shooting. He seems to be doing OK,” the Mayor reported by email. Leadville Today followed up asking if the Mayor had any contact with the shooting victim or his family. Here is the Leadville Mayor’s response:
“Yes, I checked on the individual who was shot though I would not refer to that person as the “victim”. Since he viciously attacked one of our police officers, he has no right to be considered a victim. It is my understanding that that person is in the hospital in Colorado Springs and is expected to survive. The Leadville Police Department and Colorado Bureau of Investigation have contacted the family.”
It’s important to note that LT attempted to extract additional details about the incident from PIO Benson, who refused to provide any confirmation that would support the Mayor’s perspective that Gregg had “viciously attacked” the officer. That has not been confirmed by officials, and Benson stood by the original notice that used the term, “threaten the officer by his actions.”
But according to James Klopfenstein, he was not aware the family has not had any communication with officials. In fact, he was completely unaware that any official statement had been released to the media concerning the incident since the life-threatening situation required Lisa to hastily vacate her residence with her infant child, she is without her wallet, ID and cell phone.
Both Gregg and Lisa Klopfenstein are gainfully employed. Lisa Klopfenstein is a long-time employee at the local pizza shop and it was confirmed by her employer that there had never been any incidents with her as an employee nor with the couple at her place of employment. According to her father, Gregg was employed with a landscape company and was turning his life around.
“We’re asking the community for their prayers as Dylan faces several more surgeries,” James Klopfenstein said. Both Gregg and Klopfenstein are members of Cornerstone Church in Leadville, he added.
The Lake County Sheriff Office secures the perimeters of a crime scene on Klopfenstein involving the police officer shooting of an unarmed Leadville resident at 132 W. 6th Street during a domestic disturbance call. Photo: Leadville Today/Kathy Bedell.