2/19/24 UCCS Incident Update: Suspect Named

Dear UCCS Community,

The Colorado Springs Police Department has shared the name of the suspect they took into custody in connection to their investigation of the shooting that took place on our campus Friday morning. The suspect was enrolled at UCCS at the time of the shooting. I am including their announcement in full below.

I would like to once again extend my thanks to the Colorado Springs Police Department for their efforts, as well as the UCCS Police Department and everyone across campus who have stepped up to help during our incident response.  

We will continue to work closely alongside CSPD as they proceed with their investigation. 

On Friday, February 16, 2024, at approximately 5:59 AM, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) Police Department received a call of shots fired coming from Crestone House, a dormitory located on the campus. UCCS PD Officers located the room shots originated from and located an adult female and an adult male deceased. The Colorado Springs Police Department received a call for assistance, resulting in the CSPD Homicide Unit assuming responsibility for the investigation. 

Late in the evening on Friday, February 16, 2024, the Homicide Unit obtained an arrest warrant for the charges of two counts of Murder in the First Degree for 25-year-old Nicholas Jordan of Detroit, Michigan. Since the warrant was signed, the CSPD’s Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force has been actively looking for Mr. Jordan. 

On Saturday, February 17, 2024, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy of the deceased female and male. The female was identified as 26-year-old Celie Rain Montgomery of Pueblo, CO. The male was identified as 24-year-old Samuel Knopp of Parker, CO. While the Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death, Ms. Montgomery and Mr. Knopp’s deaths are being investigated as homicides. 

On Monday, February 19, 2024, at approximately 7:52 AM, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Motor Vehicle Theft Unit located Mr. Jordan in a vehicle. At approximately 8:37 AM, the CSPD’s Tactical Enforcement Unit responded and took Mr. Jordan into custody without incident in the 4900 block of Cliff Point Circle East in Colorado Springs. 

This is still an active investigation, and anyone with information or who is a witness to this investigation is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at (719) 444-7000; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact the Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634-STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477. 


Thank you all for your compassion and support during this incredibly difficult time. 

In solidarity, 
Jennifer SobanetChancellor

2/19/24: UCCS incident update

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Dear UCCS Community,
The Colorado Springs Police Department has shared that they have taken a suspect into custody in connection to their investigation of the shooting that took place on our campus Friday morning. I am including that announcement in full below. 

I would like to express my deepest gratitude for the tireless work of the Colorado Springs Police Department and the UCCS Police Department. We will continue to work closely alongside CSPD as the investigation continues to unfold. 

CSPD has reiterated that investigative efforts so far continue to indicate this is an isolated incident between parties that were known to one another and not a random attack against the school or other students at the university. 

On Monday morning, February 19, 2024, members of the Colorado Springs Police Department took a suspect into custody in connection to our investigation into the homicides of 24-year-old Samuel Knopp and 26-year-old Celie Rain Montgomery. 

Investigative efforts continue to indicate this was an isolated incident between individuals who were known to one another and not a random attack against the school or other students at the university. 

We will be releasing more details about the suspect and charges later today. 

The university will continue to share information as we are able. 

I appreciate your continued patience, understanding and support of one another as we begin to process together as a campus. 
In solidarity, 
Jennifer Sobanet Chancellor

2/18/24: A Message from the Chancellor

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Dear Mountain Lions,

The Colorado Springs Police Department has officially released the names of those who were taken from us in the shooting on our campus early Friday morning. I am including that announcement in full below. 

As we mourn the loss of Samuel Knopp and Celie Montgomery, my hope is that we will come together as a community, support one another and share in our grief. Please remember that you are not alone. 

Sam was a senior studying music and a beloved member of the Visual and Performing Arts department. He was an accomplished guitar player and an extremely talented musician. 

Celie, although she was not a student, will be mourned by our campus community.  

It is important to me that our community understands that CSPD has said that investigative efforts so far continue to indicate this is an isolated incident between parties that were known to one another and not a random attack against the school or other students at the university. 

On Friday, February 16, 2024, at approximately 5:59 AM, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) Police Department received a call of shots fired coming from Crestone House, a dormitory located on the campus. UCCS PD Officers located the room shots originated from and located an adult female and an adult male deceased. The Colorado Springs Police Department received a call for assistance, resulting in the CSPD Homicide Unit assuming responsibility for the investigation.   

On Saturday, February 17, 2024, The El Paso County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy of the deceased female and male. The female was identified as 26-year-old Celie (See-Lee) Rain Montgomery of Pueblo, CO. The male was identified as 24-year-old Samuel Knopp of Parker, CO. While the Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death, Ms. Montgomery and Mr. Knopp’s deaths are being investigated as homicides. Mr. Knopp was a registered student at UCCS. Mrs. Montgomery was not a registered student at UCCS.  

Since the beginning of this investigation, the primary focus has been on the victims of this tragic incident and pursuing justice for them and their families. This remains an active investigation, which includes detectives continuing to develop additional investigative leads and suspect information. Given this case’s active and fluid nature, additional information about those leads and any potential suspect details will not be released at this time. Investigative efforts so far continue to indicate this is an isolated incident between parties that were known to one another and not a random attack against the school or other students at the university. 

Our detectives continue working around the clock, and we have intentionally restricted the amount of information made available to the public during the initial 48 hours of our investigation. Having said that, we have maintained ongoing communication with the families of the victims and collaborated closely with the UCCS Police to ensure that plans were in place for safeguarding the campus community.    

While acknowledging the difficulty of the situation and the withholding of information in the initial stages of our investigation, we owe it to the victims and their families to deliver accountability and justice for this horrific act. 


We will share the information about memorial services as they become available.  

This has been a difficult week with the loss of Mia Brown, another beloved student, on Monday. I know we are all mourning, so please, remember that you are not alone. The entire Mountain Lion community is here to support you.  

Tomorrow, we will take our first steps, processing and mourning along our healing journey. I encourage you to set aside time to process the tragic events of this past week, both as an individual and in a group setting. 

Classes and regular activities are canceled; however, campus will be open tomorrow and we will be offering several events for our students, faculty and staff: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Student Life Lounge Community Space9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: UC 303 Community Space 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: MOSAIC Lounge Community Space10 – 11:30 a.m.: Berger Hall Healing Circle  1 – 2 p.m.: Student Life Lounge – Therapy Dogs  2 – 3 p.m.: Solidarity Walk – Roaring Fork to El Pomar Plaza  An email with updated details on these events will be distributed tonight.  

Please, reach out if you need help. It is the strength of our community, of our bond as Mountain Lions, and our dedication to one another that will rebuild our broken hearts and give us the strength to heal.
In solidarity, 
Jennifer SobanetChancellor

Incident Update 2/18/24

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Dear UCCS community, 

We thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we all process this tragedy together. 

The safety of our campus community is always our number one priority, and we understand that it is at the forefront of everyone’s mind as we search for answers, meaning, and information. 

We want to assure you that since this incident happened early Friday morning, the safety of our campus community has been and continues to be our top priority. That is why UCCS Police Chief McCarver is taking the lead in working with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD). We can assure you that if at any point it was determined there was a threat to anyone on campus, the lockdown would not have been lifted. 

As mentioned, we have been working with the CSPD 24/7 since the situation unfolded. Their department is the lead on this investigation. As Chief Vasquez said, the Colorado Springs Police Department will do everything they can to bring justice to those who have been taken from us, their families and friends.  

We ask for your patience and cooperation as law enforcement continues to investigate this tragedy. As the investigation continues, every bit of helpful information will be shared at the appropriate time. We have been working with the CSPD every step of the way to share as much information with our campus community as we can without compromising the integrity of their investigation.

As we move forward, we will continue to inform the community of any substantial updates as we are able. Our plan for the near future is to communicate at least twice a day to keep our campus community informed. We will provide another update later today.  

UCCS Update: Campus closure, resources and healing events

2/16/24: 5:52PM – Full Email

Dear Mountain Lions,

We know that today has been difficult, and that as a campus we are all grieving. Thank you for your patience, understanding and support as we have worked through this difficult day. We have a few updates below on how we can process the events of today, mourn, and begin the healing process as a community. 

Campus Closure
Campus will be closed on Saturday and Sunday. All classes, activities and events are cancelled or have been rescheduled.

While classes are cancelled on Monday, February 19, the campus will be open for support and healing. We welcome all of you to campus and encourage you to set aside some time to process and focus on your mental health. Below, you can find more information about those events. 

Resources 
Walk-in counseling will be offered from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Wellness Center on Saturday and Sunday, and from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday. No appointment is needed, but please note that counselors will be focusing on walk-ins related to the crisis events of this week only.

Please remember that the TELUS app offers 24/7 mental health help and is available to all students. 

Please note the dining halls will return to their regular hours starting tomorrow. On Monday, dining retail locations will operate with reduced hours, but all locations will resume regular business hours starting Tuesday.

Day of Healing (Monday 2/19)
On Monday, there will be a day set aside to begin healing as a community following the recent tragedies. We encourage everyone to come to campus and set aside time to process, support one another and heal as a community. Please note, there will be no parking enforcement on Monday.We will have three open community spaces on Monday for students, staff and faculty: UC303, the Student Life lounge (UC104) and the MOSAIC space (UC110). All spaces will be offering food, comfort and support from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.From 10-11:30 a.m., the Division of DEI will be hosting a healing circle in Berger Hall. This is a group space for the campus to come together in solidarity, share thoughts and emotions, and create a space to mourn and heal together.Starting at 2 p.m., there will be a healing walk across campus, beginning at Roaring Fork and ending at the mountain lion statue by the library. There will be brief comments by Student Body President Axel Brown and Chancellor Jennifer Sobanet.We encourage everyone to come together throughout the day to support one another and intentionally set aside time for healing. Please continue to monitor your email and alerts.uccs.edu for any additional updates.