Arrest made in Swigert shooting

Police charge 17-year-old in double murder

A 17-year-old boy is behind bars in connection with a fatal shooting at Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy.

Members of the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Violient Crimes Offender Fugitive Task Force and the tactical enforcement and K-9 units arrested the teen Tuesday, July 30. He was charged with two counts of first-degree murder for the shooting deaths of Kevin Santana-Villa, 18, and 22-year-old Diego Cruz-Aceves.

The suspect’s identity is being withheld due to his age.

Police were called to the Southeast-side middle school just minutes before 5 a.m. July 29. They discovered Santana-Villa, of Colorado Springs, dead on the Swigert track. Cruz-Aceves, another Springs resident, was located nearby in the 4000 block of East Bijou Street. He was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries, which later proved fatal.

If convicted, the shooter could be sentenced to serve life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 40 years.


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