A former Cedaredge resident was shot multiple times Sunday night during what appears to be a drug deal gone bad.
Justin Coslett, 19, was initially treated at Delta County Memorial Hospital and was later airlifted to St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction.
According to an arrest affidavit filed in the Delta Combined Court, at least six separate bullet holes were located on Coslett's lower legs, scrotum and buttocks. Amputation is a possibility due to his injuries.
On May 20, sheriff's investigators took Anthony Johnston of Delta, 19, into custody at his residence west of Delta. He is charged with first degree aggravated assault, felony menacing and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance. His bond was set at $25,000.
Justin Stieb, 35, of Delta was charged with first degree assault with a weapon, menacing with a weapon, unlawful possession of a controlled substance and aggravated robbery.
The incident began at about 11:10 p.m. May 19, when Delta County Dispatch received a report of an injured man at an address on 9th Street in Delta. The Delta Police Department responded. After ensuring Coslett was receiving medical care, they determined the shooting had taken place west of Delta in an unincorporated area of the county. The Delta County Sheriff's Office assumed responsibility for the investigation with Colorado Bureau of Investigation and 7th Judicial District Attorney's Office assisting.
According to the arrest affidavit, Stieb told CBI agents he and Coslett drove to an address on Highway 348 to obtain morphine pills from Johnston.When they attempted to leave without paying, Johnston grabbed Coslett through the open door of the vehicle to try and get his pills back. Stieb hit the accelerator and sped off north on Highway 348, with Johnston still in the door of the Buick hanging onto Coslett. Stieb stopped the vehicle abruptly and Johnston fell to the ground. He told investigators he heard someone cocking a gun, so he pulled out his gun and began firing. Shots struck a window on the passenger side of the vehicle, as well as the door itself. Stieb drove Coslett back to his house in Delta. He told investigators Coslett did not want to go the hospital because he is wanted on several warrants. They finally decided Coslett's injuries were serious and they called 911.
Sheriff's investigators spoke to the residents of the house on Highway 348, who said Johnston was trying to sell stolen prescription drugs "because they all needed money and were about to lose the house because of debt."
After Stieb and Coslett had left the area, Johnston allegedly went back down the road to look for shell casings and try and clean up the glass from the car window. He disposed of several shell casings, which Detective Jason Warth later located in burn barrels behind the home. Two guns and ammunition were located in a crawl space under the home, a location pointed out to Detective Luke Fedler by Johnston's girlfriend.
Bond for both men has been set at $60,000. Their next court appearance is Wednesday at 3 p.m. for appearance of counsel.blog comments powered by Disqus