Slaying weapon purchased by deputy
GREELEY, Colo. ” A former Weld County sheriff’s deputy who is facing a charge of tampering with evidence allegedly took a gun believed used in a fatal shooting from his suspect wife and later turned it in.
Ken Nelson, 44, was arrested in Walla Walla, Wash., Thursday. Police allege Shawna Nelson shot Heather Garraus, 37, because she was having an affair with Garraus’ husband, Ignacio Garraus, who was a Greeley policeman at the time but has resigned. Months earlier, Heather Garraus had told her husband to stop seeing Shawna Nelson.
Nelson, then a deputy, heard radio traffic that his wife, Shawna Nelson, was a suspect in a shooting outside a credit union and was rushing home, according to an affidavit released Friday. On his way home, he saw his wife’s pickup and stopped to talk to her.
A motorist who witnessed the scene said he saw a man reach inside the driver’s side of the pickup truck and take something, according to the affidavit. Nelson told a colleague he was going home to check on the children and left the scene.
He later turned in a gun that test show may have fired the shots that killed Garraus.
Investigators also said Ken Nelson had purchased the gun, a .40-caliber Glock model 22, in July 2006.
No court date for Ken Nelson has been set. Shawna Nelson’s trial is set for late November.