Shooting Investigation


Throughout this homicide investigation, the Greeley Police Department has worked closely with the Weld County District Attorney’s Office. After reviewing all the evidence of this case, it has been determined no charges will be filed. The shooter has an affirmative defense of self-defense, leading both agencies to decline criminal charges. The People could not disprove initial aggressor and self-defense as defined in C.R.S. 18-1-704.  A person is allowed to use deadly force if he reasonably believes lesser force is inadequate, and he believes he is in danger of death or great bodily injury.

Both deceased males were identified by the Weld County Coroner as Elijah Joziah Duran, age 20, and Deionte Lashay Dior Johnson-Smith, age 19.


On Saturday, August 22nd in the early morning hours the second individual that was shot has since died at a local hospital, after life-saving efforts. Both males that died have been identified as adults. Their identity will be released at a later time. The Greeley Police

Department is currently investigating the shooting. We do not have anyone in custody and currently, there are no charges pending.



On Friday, August 21st at 5:15 PM Greeley police officers received a call of shots fired in the 700 block of 12th street. Officers arriving on scene located two male subjects who had been shot. One of the injured subjects was pronounced deceased on scene, while the other

was transported to a local hospital and is currently in surgery with serious injuries. Both injured subjects have not yet been identified, and their ages are unknown at this time.

The motive and details of the shooting are unclear at this point, but it appears that the shooting occurred after a disturbance. It is unknown if all parties involved knew each other prior to the shooting.

Several witnesses and others involved in the disturbance are currently being interviewed by Detectives. The investigation is active and on-going, and no arrests have been made. There

is no immediate threat to the community. If you have any details on the shooting, please contact Detective Chris Onderlinde at 970-350-9676 or the Greeley police Department front desk at 970-350-9605.

Additional information will be released once it becomes available.