Suspect in Fort Collins McDonald’s homicide in custody

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Jul 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-22 15:14:43-04

UPDATE | Thursday ,12:21 p.m. — The Larimer County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who died in a shooting at a McDonald's on Monday as Christopher J. Johnson, 39, of Fort Collins.


FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Police in Fort Collins announced Tuesday that a suspect in a deadly shooting at a McDonald’s Monday is in custody.

Victor Jeremiah Corwin, 28, was arrested in Berthoud after an off-duty Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy noticed the stolen Honda CR-V that the suspect was in parked at a business, according to a news release from the Fort Collins Police Department.

Police have not released Corwin's booking photo at this time.

The shooting happened around 10:41 a.m. Monday at the McDonald’s restaurant in the 2400 block of South Collage Avenue.

The victim’s body was located outside the restaurant when police arrived. Authorities have not released the victim’s identity but said the victim was experiencing homelessness.

Investigators have not said what led up to the shooting. It’s unclear if Corwin and the victim knew each other.

On Monday before Tuesday’s arrest, Fort Collins police released surveillance camera images of the suspect. He was described as a thin-build man with a shaved head and burn scaring on his face. He was last seen driving a stolen Honda CRV, which was stolen from a burglary previously in Lakewood.

Fort Collins Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda said officers worked tirelessly to make an arrest in the case.

“Within 26 hours, we have somebody in custody,” Swoboda said in a video statement.

Police said they are looking into whether Monday’s shooting is connected to a homicide which occurred on July 5. The victim in that homicide was also experiencing homelessness, police said.