Police Seek Suspect Who Shot Moorpark Soldier in Colorado

Staff Sgt. David C. Dunlap and his wife were killed at their Colorado Springs home Monday.

An Army staff sergeant from Moorpark and his wife were shot and killed in Colorado Springs Monday.

According to The Colorado Springs Gazette, David Dunlap, 37, and his wife Whitney Butler, 35, walked into a burglary in progress at their home. The burglar shot both and escaped, the article said. So far, a suspect has not been named, but police have questioned several people in connection with the case.

Dunlap, who served at Fort Carson was a decorated veteran who had earned several medals and ribbons including Iraqi Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Service Medal and Army Commendation Medal, according to a report by TheDenverChannel.com, a local ABC affiliate.

CBS Denver, which reported Dunlap came from Moorpark, noted the soldier was deployed to Iraq in 2007-2008.

The Gazette article reported that the couple moved into their home in October and were expecting a baby. Butler was three months pregnant, according to the article.

According to his FaceBook page, Dunlap graduated from Simi Valley High School in 1993 and joined the Army in 2003.

"Well, I joined the Army to do something fun and exciting. You know, see the world and shoot a rifle," he wrote, adding, "I miss all my friends that have left us WAY too early! All of you are my inspiration to be a better person."


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