Father Fatally Shot by Ex-Partner’s Fiancé During Custody Exchange

A father was fatally shot during a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s fiancé during a child custody exchange, authorities said.

Deputies responded to the 500 block of County Road 166 in Parker, Colorado, at around 3 p.m. on Sunday after receiving a report that two men were fighting and one had shot the other man in the chest, the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The victim of the shooting was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

His name was not released, but the sheriff’s office said he was a 36-year-old from Parker who was at the location for a custody exchange of his 4-year-old daughter with his ex-girlfriend.

A stock photo shows police tape at a crime scene. A father was fatally shot by his ex-girlfriend’s fiancé during a child custody exchange in Colorado, according to authorities.


The man was shot by his ex-girlfriend’s fiancé, identified as Jeffrey Church, the sheriff’s office said. Church, a Colorado Springs resident, is being held on first-degree murder charges.

The investigation is active and ongoing, the sheriff’s office said.

This is a developing news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.