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Denver police announce arrest in I-25 pedestrian bridge homicide

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 16:20:57-05

DENVER — A suspect in the pedestrian bridge homicide in Denver last month has been arrested, police announced Wednesday.

Christopher Butler, 29, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of Luis Nieves, 31, whose dying body was found on a pedestrian bridge over Interstate 25 in southeast Denver the evening of Jan. 9.

Denver police said they responded to the bridge on a “report of a person that was possibly injured” near E. Jewell Ave. and S. Cherry Street. Nieves was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. Nieves was shot and killed in this incident.

A Crime Stoppers bulletin released Saturday following the homicide identified the victim and also included possible suspect information. Police released surveillance images of the person of interest and a vehicle, a newer model Ford Edge SUV they believe belonged to the suspect.

Police said tips from the community through Metro Denver Crime Stoppers helped investigators to advance this Investigation.

Police have not said whether or not the shooting was targeted. The probable cause statement related to Butler’s arrest is currently sealed and unavailable for release.

Butler is being held for Investigation of first degree murder and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.