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The names of two Broomfield residents killed Sunday when a domestic violence incident escalated into a shootout were released Wednesday.

Leigh Landskroner, 50, was shot multiple times and killed by her husband, Howard Blair Kepler, 58, Adams County Coroner James Hibbard said.

Kepler was then shot multiple times by Broomfield police officers, Hibbard said.

Kepler died at the scene. Landskroner was pronounced dead at Saint Anthony Central Hospital in Denver.

Hibbard did not know if Kepler was struck by bullets from one or multiple officers.

The bullets found in Landskroner matched those used in Kepler's gun, Hibbard said.

Property records with the Broomfield Assessor's Office list Landskroner as the owner of the home on 13005 Lowell Blvd., which is the former Westlake Schoolhouse, Broomfield's only state-designated historic landmark.

Broomfield police arrived on the scene shortly after 10:30 p.m. in response to a domestic violence complaint, Chief Tom Deland said.

The male suspect fired several shots, and "there were several officers involved to varying degrees," he said.

Ten officers were on scene when the shooting occurred, although not all of them fired their weapons, Deland said.

The Adams/Broomfield County Critical Incident Team, which is made up of law enforcement officials from the two counties, is investigating the incident.

Information on the incident and the officers involved will be released when the team releases its report, said Krista Flannigan, spokeswoman for the 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office, which oversees the team.


"We're expecting it will take some time," she said.

Kepler was convicted in 1988 of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest following a June 1987 arrest in Adams County, according to a search of court records. He was sentenced to 24 months probation for the assault, 12 months probation for resisting arrest and six months for endangerment, records show. The probation periods were concurrent.

Records did not reveal the nature of the incident that led to his arrest.

A Colorado Bureau of Investigation records check showed no other arrests for Kepler.

Landskroner's funeral will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Rundus Funeral Home, 1998 W. 10th Ave. in Broomfield.

Archived comments

Yet more American Gun MADNESS !!

Does it ever end?


5/27/2009 4:14:55 PM

Man... who tainted the water in Boulder county? Used to be the front page news was about prairie dogs, coyotes, or burning couches.

Guns & Anger clearly don't mix well..


5/27/2009 5:31:21 PM

Neither do knives, baseball bats, or screwdrivers for that matter. And no, it won't end until humans stop killing each other by whatever means for whatever reason.


5/27/2009 9:04:28 PM