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Suspect apprehended in Wednesday shooting in Longmont

The suspect was identified as the ex-girlfriend of the victim
Police respond to shooting of postal worker in southwest Longmont neighborhood.

The ex-girlfriend of 33-year-old mail carrier Jason Schaefer — shot and killed in southwest Longmont shortly after noon Wednesday — has been arrested in connection with the postal worker’s death.

Devan Schreiner, 26, was arrested for first-degree murder, according to a news release from Longmont Police Services. The arrest was made by Longmont Police and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Schreiner was identified as the victim’s ex-girlfriend in the news release. An arrest affidavit indicates Schaefer had been involved in a custody battle with Schreiner.   

Schreiner was booked at the Longmont Police Department and later transported to the Boulder County Jail. An advisement hearing for Schreiner has been set for Oct. 19, according to a court clerk.

The victim was placing mail in a standing postal box near Heatherhill Street and Renaissance Drive Wednesday about 12:30 p.m. when the suspect approached him and shot multiple times, said Deputy Chief of Police Services Jeff Satur during a Wednesday afternoon press conference.

A  911 call came into Boulder County Communications about 12:32 p.m. Wednesday from Sicily Circle telling dispatchers of shots being fired. Another call came in a minute later from a resident who stated "a postal worker was shot in their driveway and they were afraid to go outside to check on the individual," an arrest  affidavit states.

Reports stated a person wearing a dark colored hoodie and possibly wearing a blue mask was seen running south from the location of the shooting. Officers found the victim at the mail boxes with a gunshot wound to his face. He was later pronounced dead at the scene, the affidavit states.

A resident near the location had a camera on their home and during the incident, four shots were heard.  A person can be seen running southeast across Heatherhill Street, the affidavit states. Police initially identified the suspect as a male.

A Post Master arrived at the scene of the shooting and made a comment, '"Did the baby mama do it,?'" according to the affidavit. Police learned the victim and Schreiner have a child together and Schaefer had filed documents with the courts on Monday to have parenting time modified. Schreiner was supposed to be served with the court papers on Monday, the affidavit states.

Five schools in the area near the shooting were temporarily put on secure status because of police activity, according to the St. Vrain Valley School District. The schools were Altona Middle, Blue Mountain Elementary, Eagle Crest Elementary, Silver Creek High and Westview Middle.

Longmont Police and U.S. Postal Inspection Services have searched the home of an aquaintance of Schreiner in Loveland, Satur said Thursday morning in an email. Police are also searching her apartment in Fort Collins and will also search her vehicle, which police have in evidence, Satur said.