Two arrested after newspaper carrier injured in mistaken identity shooting

Theodore Thurman and Henry Thurman Pueblo County Sheriff's Office

Two men are facing charges after they shot a newspaper carrier who they thought was trying to steal from their neighbor’s house, according to the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputies said the shooting happened early Friday morning in Beulah. Deputies said it all started when someone drove up in front of a home on Pine Avenue. The home’s resident had previously been the victim of a theft, and he thought the suspects were returning to his home, according to deputies. The resident yelled at the people in the car, then heard shots being fired. The car then drove away. 

The resident then contacted neighbors, who started driving around looking for the suspect car. When two of the neighbors saw what they believed to be the suspect car, they fired shots at it, hitting the driver. 

Deputies said the driver and passenger were in the area delivering newspapers, and their car was not the one reported at the Pine Avenue address. 

The driver who was shot drove himself to the fire station to seek medical help. The passenger was not injured. 

Theodore Thurman, 30, and Henry Thurman, 27, were arrested in connection with the shooting. They are both charged with attempted second-degree murder, menacing, and second-degree assault. 

Deputies said there is no threat to the Beulah community. 

“Citizens are encouraged to not place themselves in undue risk but call the Sheriff’s Office if they see or encounter anything suspicious,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

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