Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / May 9, 2023
(Englewood, Colo.) Two people are behind bars after they were allegedly involved in a shootout at about 2 p.m., May 3, at the intersection of Jamaica Street and Inverness Parkway, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Quari Marquell Mitchell Kyle, 27, and Nicole Carrington, 29, were arrested on Thursday, May 4. Kyle faces a first-degree attempted murder charge, and Carrington faces charges of accessory to a felony crime and tampering with physical evidence.
Cocha Heyden, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said Tuesday no victims have been identified. The charge is due to how he fired toward nearby civilians while returning fire with the Nissan.
The afternoon shootout led to a Code Red notification for residents to shelter in place. Still, law enforcement believe there was no threat to the public, according to Douglas County Sheriff Darren Weekly. The sheriff said that this level of violence is unusual for Douglas County, but said because of the population increase, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies are “doing our best to fight crime.”
“This doesn’t happen very often in DougCo, so when it does we’re going to throw a lot of resources at it,” Weekly said.
According to the arrest affidavit, Carrington and Kyle are residents of Apex Apartments, located at the intersection. Carrington told police she had been walking with Kyle at the intersection when a dark-colored Nissan sedan’s occupants began shooting at the pair. She told detectives this prompted Kyle to fire back with the long gun he was carrying, and he fled on foot as the Nissan also left the scene.
Carrington also told detectives she had disassembled and disposed of Kyle’s gun and refused to say where she put it, according to the affidavit. She identified Kyle as the suspect pictured in several bulletins posted to Denver area law enforcement and media.
Another resident of Apex Apartments also contacted law enforcement, according to the arrest affidavit, after recognizing Kyle as his downstairs neighbor on the bulletins. The resident stated that he was sitting on his balcony and heard Kyle arguing on the phone. He also said that he saw a black Nissan sedan in the parking lot of the apartments and saw a Glock-style handgun on the driver’s lap.
The resident said Kyle left the apartment shortly after the Nissan left the parking lot. The resident told officers he heard gunfire shortly after he lost sight of Kyle.
After investigating the scene, detectives found approximately 21 rounds from Kyle’s long gun and about 10 cartridges from the handgun.
“Our outstanding detectives have been working around the clock on this case,” said Sheriff Weekly in a press release. “We will continue to work hard to apprehend everyone associated with this shooting. We are fortunate no innocent bystanders were shot. If you commit crimes like this in Douglas County we will find you and ensure that justice is served.”
Carrington and Kyle remain in custody on $50,000 bonds. Both are scheduled to appear for their preliminary demand hearings on May 11.