EPSO investigates murder-suicide in Monument, identities released

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MONUMENT, Colo. — Communications Center dispatched Monument Police officers to Front Street in Monument on a Check the Welfare call just before 1:30 p.m., Friday.

When officers arrived they discovered a deceased man and a deceased woman inside a home.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office positively identified the victim and the suspect in this investigation. The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Michelle Johnson. The suspect has been identified as 64-year-old Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson’s death has been ruled a suicide.

Detectives with the Major Crimes Unit of El Paso County Sheriff’s Office (EPSO) are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, but ultimately the cause and manner of death will be determined by the coroner’s office.  

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding this case to call the Investigations Tip Line 719-520-6666.

MESSAGE FROM EPSO:

If you are a victim and/or survivor of domestic violence and need support, we are here for you. If you’re unable to speak safely, you can text to 911 for help. Enter the numbers, “911” in the “To” field:

Text the location of the emergency, text the nature of the emergency, push the “send” button, send a clear short text message without abbreviations, slang, or emojis, and remember to stay calm. Answer questions and follow all instructions provided from the 9-1-1 call taker.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected in this tragedy.

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