Charges upgraded for father of 6-year-old shooting victim in Yoder

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EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. — The father of a 6-year-old boy who died from a gunshot wound is now charged with murder.

On Tuesday, deputies were called to the Yoder Post Office for a juvenile victim involved in a shooting. The shooting occurred in the reporting family’s home located in the 7700 block of Edison Road.

FOX21 reached out to the family about the death. They sent the following statement:

“Our family is heartbroken over the death of Roman. A boy so full of life and joy, he was truly special. The circumstances of his death are beyond tragic, no child should ever know such pain. If you suspect that someone you know has been the victim of abuse or domestic violence please speak up, help out and let them know they have someone they can turn to. You could be the difference between a life of possibilities and a life lost. #riproma“

Matthew Yant, Roman’s Uncle

According to the Sheriff’s Office, the shooting happened at the family’s home on Edison Road and they drove the boy to the Yoder post office and waited for first responders. When deputies got there they were flagged down by the parents of the juvenile. Life-saving measures were initiated and the juvenile was transported to the hospital by ambulance then later by helicopter with life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the child succumbed to his injuries.

The victim has been preliminarily identified as six-year-old Roman Krutitskiy. The cause and manner of death will be determined by the Coroner’s Office.

The child’s father, Nikolay Krutitskiy, 34, was originally arrested on Tuesday and booked into the El Paso County Jail on numerous charges.

On June 29, 2020, charges were upgraded to:

Murder in the First Degree
Child Abuse – Caused Death
Menacing
Possession of Weapon by Previous Offender
Child Abuse (2 counts)
Prohibited Use of a Weapon
Violation of a Protection Order
Reckless Endangerment

EPSO would like to extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Roman Krutitskiy.

According to a GOFUNDME Page, Roman died on Sunday.

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