Police seek ex-boyfriend in Colorado road-rage murder
Police are hunting for a 36-year-old Denver man accused of running his ex-girlfriend off the road and then shooting her dead in Wheat Ridge on Tuesday night.
Investigators have obtained an arrest warrant charging Tyler James Martin of first-degree murder, Wheat Ridge police spokeswoman Lisa Stigall said today.
The 6-foot, 250-pound Martin is believed to be driving a green 1998 Mercury Mystique with Colorado license plate number 720-SXA, Stigall said.
The victim’s name is being withheld until her family members are notified.
The woman frantically called for help during a road-rage incident, police said.
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She called her current boyfriend shortly before 10 p.m. and told him that Martin was following her on West 44th Avenue near Wadsworth Boulevard, Stigall said.
The woman said the man was trying to run her off the road.
As Wheat Ridge officers responded to the area, another caller reported shots fired near Wadsworth and West 35th Avenue, Stigall said.
Police believe Martin fired at the woman’s car on Wadsworth somewhere between 44th and 38th avenues.
Police said the woman’s Dodge Caliber left southbound Wadsworth and crashed in a chain-link fence on the west side of the road near 35th Avenue.
Stigall said the first officer on scene found the woman inside the vehicle, and said she appeared to be deceased.
Nearby, officers found another motorist who reported seeing the Dodge hit the fence and stopped to help the woman.
The witness told police he saw a man get out of a dark-colored sedan and repeatedly fire a gun at close range into the Dodge, police said.
The gunman then fled in his vehicle.
Anyone with further information on the case is asked to call the Wheat Ridge Police Department at 303-237-2220.