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Colorado murder suspect arrested after traffic stop


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- A man suspected in an ambush killing in Greeley, Colorado, remains in the Dubuque County jail tonight.

27 year old Cecil Erb faces murder charges in connection with a shooting in Greeley, Colorado. Police say he gunned down a man in front of his home Thursday morning.

He was taken into custody last night after a Dyersville police officer spotted him driving along highway 20 near Peosta. More than five law enforcement agencies responded to the call. The collaborative effort is the reason for catching the criminal.

Dyersville Police officer Dan Recker didn't expect his shift on friday to end with an accused murderer in custody.

"We got an attempt to locate out of Delaware County, that there was a 93 Lincoln Towncar headed in our direction from the Earlville area," said Recker.

The driver of the car, 27 year old Cecil Erb faced murder charges in connection with a shooting in Greeley, Colorado.

When Recker heard Erb was nearby, he and a fellow Officer Fox went searching. Recker spotted the 93 Lincoln headed West on Highway 20.

He says he suspected a gun and called for back up. Within a few minutes an officer from Farley caught up. By Peosta the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department took over and arrested Erb. He says everything was carefully planned, all the way down when to turn on their lights.

"In this situation we didn't know what he had for sure, we knew a strong possibility of a gun," said Recker.

And with the high volume of traffic on Highway 20 -- he says something like this was bound to happen.

"Small town stuff is no small town stuff anymore. We have to work together, otherwise it just isn't gonna work out there," said Recker.

Erb made his initial appears in Dubuque County Court Saturday morning. He is being held on $30,000 bond for possession of firearm as a felon. He is also being held on bond on a Colorado warrant for first degree murder.

Online reporter: Lauren Squires

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