GOSHEN COUNTY, Wyo. (TCD) — Authorities in Wyoming arrested a 23-year-old man wanted out of Colorado for allegedly shooting and killing a 73-year-old man this month.
On Nov. 4 at 12:25 p.m., Lone Tree Police Department officers discovered Michael Lohmeier deceased inside his Toyota Highlander, which was parked in a lot on the 8500 block of South Yosemite Street. Several days later, on Nov. 16, Lone Tree Police identified James Matthew Neal as the suspect in Lohmeier’s death and said he was considered armed and dangerous. Neal was last seen in Colorado Springs.
Then, more than three weeks after Lohmeier’s killing, Lone Tree Police announced Neal was located and taken into custody in Wisconsin. Goshen County Detention Center records do not list any specific charges.
According to KDVR-TV, Lohmeier’s sister, Marilyn Lohmeier-Howland, said he was killed when a bullet was fired into the driver’s side window.
Lohmeier-Howland added, “We were told he died fast and were hoping he didn’t know that this was about to happen to him.”
Lohmeier’s phone, wallet, and camera were still in the car, which made his sister believe he was not the victim of a robbery.
He reportedly enjoyed walking around the area where he was killed, then sitting in his car and looking at nature around him. Lohmeier-Howland described her brother as a “gentle, fun-loving man” who would “never hurt anyone.”
- Crime Alert, 11/8/2023 – Metro Denver Crime Stoppers
- LTPD has ID’d 23-year-old James Matthew Neal as a suspect in this case, 11/16/2023 – City of Lone Tree
- James Matthew Neal arrested – City of Lone Tree
- Goshen County Detention Center inmate information
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