On October 13, Longmont postal worker Jason Schaefer was shot dead in broad daylight in a driveway near some mailboxes. That night, Longmont police already had a suspect in custody, and new details about the crime were revealed yesterday, October 14.
The person arrested for the shooting, 26-year-old Devan Schreiner, was recently fired from her post office job over an as-yet unspecified incident involving Schaeffer. Schreiner was also Schaeffer’s former significant other and the mother of his child, and as news of the October 13 murder spread, she immediately became a suspect.
The arrest statement In the case quotes the Postmaster at Longmont asking this question upon arrival at the scene of the shooting: “Did the baby mother do that?”
The original release from Longmont Police Services states that at 12:33 p.m. on October 13, officers responded to a report of shooting near the intersection of Heatherhill Street and Renaissance Drive. There they found a male postal worker later identified as Schaefer. He was declared dead at the scene of the accident.
The report referred to a “male suspect” who “was seen fleeing the area south of Renaissance Road. The suspect was wearing dark clothing, a hoodie and a blue mask.” An hours-long search in the area failed to uncover the alleged shooter.
Here’s a video of the LPS press conference on October 13, courtesy of 9News. The event starts at approximately 14:50 minutes.
Later that day, at about 10:30 p.m., the LPS issued another alert, revealing that officers from the department, in conjunction with agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, had arrested Schreiner on suspicion of first-degree murder. “She is the friend of the ex-victim,” the statement read. Schreiner was booked into Longmont Police Headquarters before being transferred to Boulder County Jail.
The department added this assertion: “This was not an act of random violence. This crime appears to be an isolated incident and an act of domestic violence.”
No detention photo of Schreiner was released, and large portions of the affidavit of arrest were omitted. But the document reveals that two days before the shooting, Schaefer asked a local court to adjust parenting time.
It is unclear whether Schreiner received papers regarding this request. But shortly after noon on October 13, a vehicle matching the description of her black Nissan Rogue was seen in the area where Schaefer was shot shortly after. During the evening, the affidavit revealed that Schreiner had spoken to the LPS investigator and had agreed to drive from her home in Fort Collins to Longmont. The majority of Schreiner’s statements to the authorities were redacted in the release, but her wardrobe speaks volumes: She wore a blue face mask and a black hoodie.
The investigation into the case is ongoing, and Longmont Police Services encourages anyone who lives near the scene of the shooting and has surveillance footage to Download it at this link Or to call the department at 303-651-8501.