Holyoke police officers performed first aid on shooting victim Garrett Stephenson outside at 640 S. Baxter Ave. until the ambulance arrived and he was transported to Melissa Memorial Hospital. —Johnson Publications
Shooting leaves 1 dead
Saturday, July 8, Garrett Stephenson, age 33, was involved in an altercation at his residence in Holyoke that ultimately resulted in his death. The alleged shooter, 33-year-old Jon McMartin, Stephenson’s roommate, is being held in the Logan County Detention Center in Sterling.
Stephenson worked at Sullivan’s Appliance & Air, where owner Jim Leibbrandt said he was a really good employee and a hard worker. “Garret Stephenson and I had a great working relationship,” he said. “He will really be missed by all of us at Sullivan’s Appliance. As we worked together, our relationship grew, and he became more of a friend.”
Leibbrandt said that Stephenson, formerly of Marshalltown, Iowa, moved to Holyoke about a year and a half ago to join his longtime friend McMartin, who was already living in Holyoke.
Although Stephenson was relatively new to the community, Leibbrandt reflected that many people in town had the opportunity to meet him while they were working together, and people commented often about what a nice young man he was.
According to the Holyoke Police Department, Stephenson and McMartin were roommates. Phillips County Communications Center received a call July 8 at 4:38 p.m., after a verbal argument became physical and a gunshot was heard.
HPD and Phillips County Sheriff’s Office responded to 640 S. Baxter Ave., where Stephenson was found lying outside. He had been shot in the chest with a rifle, according to Sergeant Mark Werts of HPD. McMartin was also outside when authorities arrived, and he was arrested.
Police performed first aid until the ambulance arrived and transported Stephenson to Melissa Memorial Hospital in Holyoke, where he later died.
McMartin’s preliminary charges include felony menacing (a felony 5) and murder in the second degree (a felony 2). An initial appearance was held Monday, July 10, and the next court date is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, at 9:30 a.m., both in Logan County Court.
HPD, Phillips County Sheriff’s Office, 13th Judicial District, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Phillips County Coroner’s Office assisted in the investigation, which is ongoing, and a gag order has been issued.
Stephenson’s arrangements are pending at Anderson Funeral Homes in Iowa. Online condolences can be sent and information found at http://www.andersonfhs.com/.