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1st Degree Murder Warrant Issued for Suspected Killer
No Leads, No New Info on Murder in Leadville
By Kathy Bedell © Leadville Today
Thirty-six hours after a gruesome murder took place in downtown Leadville, lead investigator District Attorney Bruce Brown still has no updates to report regarding the incident, nor any information about the perpetrator of the crime, not even a description of the male. In addition, public safety concerns are being expressed by Lake County residents that the unidentified male could still be in the area. Here’s what Leadville Today was able to discover through its own investigation.
Monday night, May 2 at approximately 11:30 p.m., a barroom argument spilled out onto historic Harrison in downtown Leadville, where it turned deadly for Jordan Gausman, 31, of Leadville.
At the time of this report there is no perpetrator in custody according to District Attorney Bruce Brown, who is leading the investigation on the alleged murder. Brown also emphasized that there was no concern for public safety, as the situation was isolated to the two males involved.
At present, there are four agencies working on the case from the DA’s office, to the Leadville Police Department who was first on the scene, to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
For locals who frequent Leadville’s watering holes and eateries, Gausman was a familiar face, living and working in Leadville for nearly 10 years. Most recently Jordan was employed at the Silver Dollar Saloon as the kitchen manager and cook. It was here that a barroom argument started between Gausman and what locals’ are recounting as a non-local, passing-through-town male who was reportedly camping in the area. The unidentified male and Gausman got into a heated discussion inside the historic bar and reportedly, as Jordan stepped outside to smoke a cigarette, the perpetrator followed and a physical encountered ensued, ending in a fatal stab wound for Gausman.
While the DA’s office has not released any official information, reports were confirmed to Leadville Today that Gausman’s family of Nebraska was notified when Jordan was pronounced dead early Tuesday morning, after being transported to St. Vincent Hospital in Leadville, and eventually transported via Flight for Life to Denver. Also, for those concerned, Gausman’s dog Coco is being looked after by a dear friend. It has also been confirmed by Leadville Today that a memorial service is being planned, possibly tomorrow (May 5) as Gausman’s family makes their way from Nebraska. Details will be reported as they become available.
Last night, May 3, friends and neighbors gathered at The Scarlet Bar in downtown Leadville where Gasuman was a bartender for many years to share their grief and stories about their beloved buddy. At times, the conversation spilled over to justice and shared frustration that investigators and law enforcement seemed lax in their investigation and attempts to bring the violent, dangerous perpetrator into custody.
There were reports of a blurry picture of the alleged murderer being circulated on social media. Apparently the image was peeled from one of the many security cameras in place at the Silver Dollar Saloon where the incident began.
However, there was been nothing officially released from investigators nor local Public Information Officers, in place to keep the public informed during times of emergencies such as this. There has been no information released concerning the description of the male, no statements released to the public as to whether the violent criminal was still on the streets or still in the area. Basically, residents are left with information being reported by local media investigations as well as exchanges via social media.
Where are the community leaders, many were asking? Why aren’t residents being kept informed about their safety? A call placed to DA Brown this morning went unanswered and unreturned. No doubt, local residents are likely to hear from the professionals involved in law enforcement on all levels, next Fall when their campaign to build a new Justice Center with a sales tax increase will be presented to voters on the November ballot. For many, it begs the question while they may want a new Justice Center for Lake County, where is the center of justice for residents and victims of crime?