El Paso County officials arrest six minors in Falcon homicides

El Paso County officials in late July arrested six juvenile suspects connected to two Falcon homicides that happened in February, officials announced Wednesday.

On Feb. 5, deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple reports of shots fired in the 12200 block of Point Reyes Drive in the Falcon subdivision of unincorporated El Paso County.

When deputies arrived on the scene, they found multiple victims with gunshot wounds. Five individuals were transported to the hospital, where two juveniles — Javier Lopez and Caleb Nickerson — later died from their injuries.

According to a Wednesday news release from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, multiple persons of interest were identified, but most of them were minors, which complicated the investigation.

The investigation team identified two juvenile male suspects in the Falcon homicides after the sheriff’s office joined other local law enforcement agencies in a multijurisdictional operation in late July, the news release stated.

One was arrested on charges including attempted murder, and the other on a charge of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lopez and Nickerson.

Four additional suspects were arrested, but charges have not been released at this time. All six individuals have been booked into juvenile detention centers. None of the arrested individuals were identified in the release because they are minors.

Officials said additional arrests are likely in the future, as law enforcement agencies continue to investigate.

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