LAFAYETTE, Colorado — An employee at a nursing home was slain Wednesday, shot by a 95-year-old resident, according to reports.
The unidentified victim, who was in his 40s, was shot once in the head, police tell thedenverchannel.com. The male victim was taken to a hospital but died of his wounds.
The shooting occurred at about 7:15 a.m. at Legacy Assisted Living. The suspect, identified as Okie Payne, was arrested in his room at the facility without incident, Fox 31 reports.
Payne confronted the employee in the lobby of the facility, accusing the worker of stealing money, Fox 31 reports. After shooting the worker, Payne reportedly pointed his gun at two other employees who were trying to help the victim.
Payne is charged with first-degree murder and two counts of felony menacing, police say. The shooting remains under investigations.
Firearms are not permitted at Legacy Assisted Living, the Denver Post reports.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of a beloved and longtime employee during a shooting incident at our community this morning,” the facility said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. … While we cannot speak to specifics of this incident, we can confirm that we have a gun policy and that firearms are prohibited onsite. To maintain the integrity of the investigation process, we cannot share any other information at this time.”
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