Deer Creek Middle School

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Deer Creek Middle School (DCMS) is a public middle school located in Littleton, Colorado. It is part of Jeffco Public Schools. The school is notable for two school shootings in 1982 and 2010.

1982 shooting[edit]

1982 Deer Creek Middle School shooting
Location Littleton, Colorado, United States
Date April 7, 1982 (MST)
Attack type
School shooting
Weapons .38 pistol
Deaths 1
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Jason Rocha

The 1982 shooting occurred on April 7, 1982. The gunman, 14-year-old Jason Rocha, was a student at Deer Creek Middle School. Rocha shot and killed 13 year-old Scott Darwin Michael.

Rocha was charged as an adult and sentenced to 12 years in prison. He served his time in a CAT (Closed Adolescent Treatment) facility in Lakewood, Colorado. The CAT program was the subject of some media scrutiny, with Rocha and other "All-American Boys" involved in such violent crimes.[1][2]

2010 shooting[edit]

2010 Deer Creek Middle School shooting
Location Littleton, Colorado, United States
Date February 23, 2010
Around 3:15 pm (MST)
Target Students at Deer Creek Middle School.
Attack type
School shooting
Weapons Winchester Model 70 rifle (.30-06)
Deaths None
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrators Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood

The 2010 shooting took place at around 3:15PM MST on February 23, 2010, when 32-year-old Bruco Strongeagle Eastwood[3] entered Deer Creek Middle School. After being stopped by custodian Kyle Sturbaum he checked in at the office, asked for a tour, was denied, and then left. After the SRO had left and school had ended for the day, he took a bolt action high-powered hunting rifle from his car in the school parking lot, and then opened fire, wounding one female eighth grade student and one male eighth grade student. The male was rushed to a hospital and was in critical condition for about four days. The female was released from a hospital later on that night after the shooting occurred. The shooter was taken down by Deer Creek Middle School math teachers David Benke and Norm Hanne and was taken into custody by the police.[4][5]


  1. ^ "article". Herald-Journal. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  2. ^ "article". Palm Beach Post. Retrieved 2010-02-24. 
  3. ^ Kanalley, Craig (February 23, 2010). "Deer Creek Middle School Shooting: At Least Two Shot In Incident In Littleton, Colorado". Huffington Post. 
  4. ^,0,7616995.story
  5. ^ "[Shooter's name redacted] Colorado School Shooter, Will Not Serve Time In Prison". Huffington Post. November 10, 2011. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 39°35′13″N 105°06′07″W / 39.587°N 105.102°W / 39.587; -105.102