Alexander Fedak, 29, of Clifton is under arrest and his pregnant girlfriend is dead after a shooting incident in Clifton Sunday. Fedak was arrested southeast of Delta after leading Colorado State Patrol troopers on a chase through the city. His girlfriend, Shandie Case, 25, was located inside the vehicle, the victim of an apparent gunshot wound to her head.
While the Mesa County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation into the shooting, the Colorado State Patrol has provided information about the pursuit in an arrest affidavit filed in Mesa County Court.
According to the arrest affidavit, Fedak's vehicle was aired as a BOLO, or "be on the lookout," due to its possible involvement in a shooting.
Master Trooper Garrett Reich and Trooper Scott Gardner were wrapping up a traffic stop on the shoulder of Highway 50 near milepost 59 when they observed Fedak's truck approaching at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was clocked at 93 mph as it passed the trooper's car. Corporal Chris Sandoval was also in the area, and both CSP vehicles proceeded to attempt to stop the truck. Instead of pulling over, Fedak increased his speed. As the pursuit neared city limits, officers from the Delta Police Department attempted to use stop sticks at two different locations. According to the arrest affidavit, Fedak was able to avoid the stop sticks by driving into oncoming lanes of traffic or onto the shoulder.
As Fedak sped through Delta, he ran multiple red lights.
At the same time, he was on the phone with Mesa County 911. According to the arrest affidavit, he said there was a female passenger in the vehicle but "she was beyond help."
The pursuit continued through Delta and westbound on Highway 50 toward Olathe. Fedak bypassed stop sticks near milepost 75 by traveling through a paved center median and into oncoming traffic. Fedak traveled against the oncoming traffic for nearly a mile before eventually crossing back into the correct lanes of travel. He eventually headed eastbound on B50 Road. After traveling down B50 Road for several miles, Fedak turned north on 2100 Road. A short time later, Trooper Matthew Lubbes ended the pursuit using a tactical vehicle intervention.
"After several tense moments, Mr. Fedak exited his vehicle," the arrest affidavit states. "As he did, a small black handgun fell from his lap onto the ground. Mr. Fedak was taken into custody a short time later."
Fedak was reportedly covered with blood and several bullet holes had punctured the front windshield of his truck.
Fedak is being held on a charge of felony vehicular eluding while the sheriff's office conducts its investigation into the shooting. He is being held in Mesa County on a $100,000 bond.
"So far," the Mesa County Sheriff's Office reports, "the investigation has revealed two people were shot during a disturbance in the 3200 block of B 1/2 Road. An adult female resident of Clifton is deceased. An adult male is at St. Mary's Hospital with a gunshot wound that does not appear life threatening.
"This incident appears to be isolated to the parties involved and not a random act," the sheriff's press release concludes. "Anyone with information about this case is urged to call Crime Stoppers (241-STOP) or the Mesa County Sheriff's Office tip line at 244-3526."
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.