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