Suspected Colorado dorm shooter threatened to ‘kill’ roommate over taking out trash: court docs

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A month before the shooting, the man accused of killing his roommate and a woman said he intended to “kill” the victim if she asked him to take out the trash again, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday. He stated that it was.

Nicholas Jordan, 25, and Samuel Knopp, 24, were in a dorm room shared by Jordan and Knopp at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in February, when Jordan had an affair with Knopp. The roommates had been fighting until they shot and killed 26-year-old Celie Lane Montgomery. 16.

According to the affidavit, Jordan’s next-door roommate and Mr. Knopf had reported him several times for an “unsafe living situation” and for smoking in his room, adding to at least three campus police calls since early January. It is recorded in the report.

On January 9, Mr. Knopp and Mr. Jordan got into an argument over a garbage bag. The affidavit states that Jordan “told (Mr. Knopf) that he would ‘kill’ him and that there would be consequences if he asked him to take out the trash again.”

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Nicholas Jordan, 25, was arrested on suspicion of murdering two people in a dormitory at the University of Colorado. (Colorado Springs Police Department)

“Mr. Knopf collected (the garbage bags) and put them away.” [it] near the door of Mr. Jordan’s home,” according to the affidavit, which is posted in full below.

That’s what prompted Jordan’s alleged death threat, the affidavit said.

The same person who called 911 told police that Jordan was smoking marijuana and cigarettes and that the living area was in disarray. Jordan’s Facebook page has several videos of him smoking, including his last post on January 29th.

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The day before she was killed, Knopf expressed relief to her music teacher, John Forsey, after learning that Jordan would be moving out the following night, the Friday of the shooting, according to reports.

“He told me he was moving out the next night,” Forsey told “He said he wasn’t comfortable living in the dorms and he wanted to move out.”

nicolas jordan smoking

This is a screen capture from a Facebook post of a video lasting over 20 minutes of Jordan smoking. The video became a source of controversy between Jordan and Sam Knopp, the roommate he allegedly killed in a double murder in his dormitory. (Nick T. Jordan/Facebook)

Nicholas Jordan still on the run from the crime scene with blurry surveillance.

The affidavit includes blurry surveillance photos that law enforcement says show Nicholas Jordan running from the crime scene. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Affidavit)

According to the affidavit, one of the victim’s roommates woke up around 6 a.m. on Feb. 16 to the sound of gunshots and called police, saying she heard people moaning.

Responding officers found Knopp and Celie Montgomery, who was not a student but was allegedly in a relationship with Knopp, “apparently deceased” from gunshot wounds.

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He told police he locked the door and called 911. At that time, law enforcement recorded a blurry figure running from the scene, believed to be Jordan.

Prosecutors said in a court appearance Friday morning that the Detroit native was a rising freshman at UCCS and was part of the argument about why he was a flight risk.

Sam Knopf performs in March 2023

Sam Knopf was a 24-year-old “beloved” fourth-year student and musician at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs when he was shot and killed on February 16, 2024. (UCCS music program/YouTube)


On February 16, 2024, Celie Montgomery, 26, was shot and killed in a mass shooting at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. (Benefits to family)

Jordan’s brother Brandon defended Jordan in an interview with FOX 2 Detroit, saying police “got the wrong guy and should continue investigating.”

Brandon Jordan said, “I love you, man. I love you. I know you wouldn’t have done that, brother.”

The brother of a Colorado dormitory murder suspect breaks his silence and says, “I love you. I know you didn’t do that, brother.”

Law enforcement and prosecutors dispute Nicholas’s brother’s claims in the affidavit, which include surveillance cameras unknown to the student.

At 5:56 a.m. on February 16th, “a person wearing black clothing was seen running out” from the dormitory building. It is believed that the running subject parked in the northern area to avoid observation by known cameras. ”

Images in the probable cause affidavit against Nicholas Jordan include camera images taken from the campus and surveillance cameras. (Colorado Springs Police Department/Affidavit)

Read the entire probable cause affidavit

Law enforcement was searching Jordan’s black 2099 Ford Escape when it was stopped for an illegal U-turn on Jan. 20, according to the affidavit.

The truck was spotted by the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Vehicle Theft Unit shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, and a tactical team safely apprehended the truck about 30 minutes later, police said on X (formerly Twitter).

During Jordan’s second court appearance Friday morning, prosecutors alleged that arresting officers found an AK-47 and a handgun in his car.


Jordan was charged with first-degree murder, felonies of menacing and criminal violence, and is being held in the El Paso County, Colorado jail on $5 million cash bail.

A status conference is scheduled for March 15th, and the next court date is scheduled for March 27th.



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