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Documents: SE Colorado Springs murder victim was stalked by suspect

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - We're learning more about the history between a woman who was fatally shot Friday in southeast Colorado Springs and the man who police say killed her, including a record of stalking and protection orders.

Mark Christopher Peters was charged with first-degree murder for the shooting death of Michelle Peters, 41, Friday in the 3400 block of Galleria Terrace. Peters was taken into custody after an hours-long manhunt.

According to an arrest affidavit, police responded to the shooting call at about 6 p.m. and found Michelle on the ground inside the house as her daughter tried to put pressure on a gunshot wound on her face. Medical technicians worked to save her life, but she died from her injury.

Police spoke to Michelle's daughter, who had been staying with her since May 11. Her daughter said that someone rang the doorbell on Friday, and Michelle looked out the peephole to see who it was. Michelle said it appeared to be a woman with long black and red hair. Michelle's daughter also looked and told police it appeared "to be a woman with her back to the door while holding pamphlets."

But it turned out to be Mark Christopher Peters in disguise.

Michelle's daughter told officers that as soon as she opened the door, the person shoved a gun inside the house and started yelling expletives, saying "F*** you, b**** you're going to go down for fraud, I'm going to shoot you."

She recognized the voice as Mark's and noticed he had a black handgun. At some point, she saw his face and recognized him, according to the affidavit.

A struggle ensued, and that's when Michelle's daughter heard Mark say "I'm going to shoot you through the door," the affidavit says. Mark then pulled the gun from inside the house and shot one time through the door.

The bullet struck Michelle in the right side of her head, and Mark fled the scene, prompting the manhunt.

Police said they interviewed another person who gave a statement similar to Michelle's daughter's statement.

According to the affidavit, Colorado Springs police were already investigating a domestic violence-related stalking case with Michelle listed as the victims and Mark listed as the suspect. Peters also had an active warrant for a stalking charge and violation of a protection order. That case was started on July 2.

Peters is still being held in the El Paso County Jail.


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