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Grizzly Rose mourns loss of 'member of the family'

Published December 15, 2008 at 12:05 a.m.

A photo of Timothy Minnick dressed in a tuxedo - complete with a bow tie, cowboy hat and smile - greeted visitors to the Grizzly Rose on Sunday night.

A remembrance book also was there for Minnick, 48, who was fatally shot Friday night while working security at the famous country music honky- tonk.

The Adams County Sheriff's Office is searching for three suspects in the shooting: Hispanic males in their late teens to early 20s, between 5-foot-4 and 5-foot-7, with slender builds.

Minnick went to check out the suspects, who were in a parking area behind the Grizzly Rose, at around 10:50 p.m. Friday. All three had bandanas over their faces, two had their heads covered with sweatshirt hoods and one wore a baseball cap, said Sgt. Candi Baker, sheriff's spokeswoman.

Minnick's brother, Leland Curtis Minnick, said Minnick was a former Brighton police officer and was accompanied by at least one other security guard. Police say an altercation followed and one of the suspects fired several shots from a pistol.

Minnick was shot once in the stomach, Leland Minnick said Sunday. He believes the other guard was stabbed or slashed on the arm, but Baker could not confirm that Sunday night.

The suspects fled in a mid-1990s white or silver SUV - possibly a GMC Jimmy or Chevy Blazer- police said. The vehicle had tinted back windows, a luggage rack, and a chrome or light blue strip on the door's underside, or kick-panel. A woman with hair below her shoulders was in the driver's seat.

Minnick, twice-divorced with two adult children, lived in unincorporated Adams County in a trailer next to his brother's house, Leland Minnick said. He suffered a string of losses recently: bankruptcy, the death of his oldest brother, and a fire that gutted another trailer and killed his dog.

Minnick was a regular at the Grizzly Rose and about two years ago asked for a job, according to a company representative.

The Grizzly Rose Web page called Minnick a member of the family: "If you didn't know Tim, it was your loss. He always had a smile and funny line for everyone."

"He loved the Grizzly Rose," his brother added.

On Christmas Eve, Minnick was going to ask his girlfriend to marry him, Leland Minnick said.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the case to call 720-322- 1313.

Staff photographer Brian Lehmann contributed to this report.

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