A distressing incident unfolded in Colorado when a father of two, who had informed his wife about being held hostage by an unknown individual in his car, was later discovered deceased in a parking lot.
Colorado Springs police responded to a reported shooting on Friday afternoon, where they discovered two deceased males at the scene, according to the police blotter.
Attorney Harry Daniels released a statement identifying one of the victims as Qualin Campbell, stating that Campbell was a victim of a crime.
Daniels informed PEOPLE that he believes Campbell, aged 32, was held hostage by an unidentified homeless individual who gained unauthorized access to his vehicle, prompting Campbell to send a text message to his wife seeking help.
The press release indicated that Campbell’s wife, Talija Campbell, had called 911 nearly an hour before to report that her husband had been taken hostage after receiving a desperate message that read, “911. Send Please!” The message included Campbell’s location and a photo of the alleged perpetrator who had taken him, hostage.
Approximately an hour later, Campbell was found deceased with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, as stated in the release.
The release further states, “This was a hostage situation where Qualin Campbell was pleading for his life. His wife called 911, and the police were less than a mile away, but they never responded.”
“Let’s be clear. If the police don’t respond to a hostage situation, none of us are safe,” the release emphasized.