Woman, 21, ‘shot dead in fight over dog poop by neighbor who blasted her with 24 bullets’

A 21-year-old woman was allegedly shot dead in a fight over dog poop by neighbor who blasted her with 24 bullets.

Michael Close, 24, allegedly fired the mass of shots at Isabella Thallas and her 27-year-old boyfriend Darian Simon, KDVR reported from a preliminary court hearing on Monday.


Denver police homicide investigator Joseph Trujillo said that authorities found six shell casings inside of Close's apartment and 18 outside of his window.

The incident took place on June 10 near Coors Field in Denver, Colorado.

Close, 36, initially fled the city but was later arrested, according to a Denver police statement.

Simon reportedly told police that in the lead-up to the shooting he and Thallas were walking the dog and he had told the dog to poop.


At this point he heard a voice, presumably Close's, shouting at the couple through the window of a ground-level apartment about whether they planned to train their dog or just yell at it.

Simon reportedly tried to ignore the shouting, and then saw a man aiming a gun at them and firing rounds.

Thallas died at the scene, while Simon recovered after being shot twice.

Close has been charged with first-degree murder and over a dozen other counts. He was denied bond on Monday.

Chelsea Thompson, Close's girlfriend, told cops that he called her crying and admitted to opening fire on two people, Trujillo testified.

He was also crying and apologizing when he was arrested, the investigator added.

Thompson also told police that Close had recently been diagnosed with a personality disorder and battled substance abuse.

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