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A dare may have sparked Granby shooting death

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado

GRANBY – It may have been the tragic consequence of a dare.

Kristen Schoen, 25, of Granby was arrested for manslaughter Sunday night, April 18, after shooting her companion Michael Thomas, 25, at a home on Casa Drive.

“He dared me to shoot, and I did, and his head exploded,” were the words she allegedly told Granby Police Chief Bill Housley that night.

Schoen is in county jail with a bond set at $100,000.

Police had deemed that Schoen and Thomas were both intoxicated at the time of the incident. They were both drinking at home Sunday night when they began handling a shotgun. Schoen’s blood alcohol level tested at twice the legal limit, Housley said.

The shotgun went off at the hand of Schoen around 7:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

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One neighbor, who requested that her name not be used, said the neighborhood was eerily quiet after the incident except for one sound.

“You could hear the wailing” of Schoen, the neighbor said.

According to the neighbor, Schoen ran to the trailer across the street covered in blood and wearing a bathing suit, screaming, “I didn’t mean to do it! I didn’t mean to do it!”

The scene was processed and the case investigated by the Granby Police Department with assistance from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

As a result of the incident, Shoen’s 5-year-old child was placed in temporary foster care by the Grand County Department of Social Services.

Shoen’s criminal history includes a 2006 harassment charge as well as a charge she shared with Thomas in a pending case of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@skyhidailynews.com.

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