Arrest made in shooting of ‘ICE CREAM MAN’

Christopher Freeman Jr. [Courtesy photo/Colorado Springs Police]

Suspect, 31, charged with second-degree murder

A 31-year-old Colorado Springs man was behind bars Friday, June 28, for charges stemming from the May 29 shooting death of 46-year-old Southeast Colorado Springs resident and family man James Quilter.

Springs police said in a press release that Christopher Freeman, Jr., was arrested June 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina, on a second-degree murder charge. Members of the U.S. Marshals Service Colorado Violent Offender Task Force, consisting of members of the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, tracked Freeman to the coastal state and coordinated his arrest with Charlotte officials.

The charge stems from a nighttime encounter in the 200 block of North Murray Boulevard.  Police were called to a Southeast apartment complex around 10:30 p.m. May 29 on reports of gunshots.

Once there that Wednesday night, they discovered Quilter’s body. The Oakland, California, native is remembered in an online obituary as a “beloved husband, father, brother, son and friend.”

“Throughout his many career paths, he found his calling in becoming Mr. James the ICE CREAM MAN,” the tribute reads.

Freeman was extradited on Wednesday, June 26, and booked into the El Paso County Jail. His bond was set at $500,000, county records show.

Second degree murder is a class 2 felony. If convicted, Freeman could face up to 24 years in prison.

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