Lafayette, Colorado – A 95-year-old Colorado man that shot and killed a maintenance worker at his assisted living center told police he believed staffers were trying to kill him and take his money. He also told investigators that his ex-wife was working with someone else to steal money from him.
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The Colorado Sun reports that Okey Payne was arrested Wednesday in his room at Legacy Assisted Living in Lafayette. Investigators say he shot Ricardo Medina-Rojas after confronting him about $200 that he said was missing from his wallet.
Payne shot the assisted living employee once in the head.
Medina-Rojas later died at a hospital.
On Wednesday, Payne told investigators that he was sitting in the center’s lobby watching people and thinking about how to get attention and stop the thefts when he saw Medina-Rojas arriving for work and decided he would shoot him.
Payne told investigators that he was glad the “thievery” would stop.
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Payne was being held on suspicion of first-degree murder as well as menacing because he’s accused of waving his handgun at two people who tried to help the victim.
According to the report, Payne used a .45-caliber Automatic Colt Pistol that his father had used during World War I.
Authorities said that Payne was clear-headed and lucid while being interviewed.