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Denver suspect fatally shot man in motel parking lot, police say

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Posted at 10:18 AM, Jul 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-04 12:18:02-04

DENVER – A 42-year-old man was arrested in a killing off East Colfax Avenue on Tuesday night, accused of shooting another man in the parking lot of a motel, according to a probable cause statement from police.

Herman Colbert faces a charge of first-degree murder, police said.

Officers responded to about 8:15 p.m. to a report of the shooting in the 8400 block of East Colfax, at the Western Motel. Officers found Colbert laying in the parking lot and found the victim laying nearby, in a pool of blood, the probable cause statement said.

A witness told police she had seen a man hit Colbert two times in the face, and then saw
Colbert get out of a car and shoot the man, the statement said.

Surveillance video confirmed that the man hit Colbert and that Colbert stepped out of his vehicle with a gun, the statement said. But the video didn't have audio, so investigators couldn't determine when a gunshot was fired.