Witnesses: Brighton Man Shot Dead As Wife Watches

Gunman Said He Fired In Self Defense, Witnesses Say

Witnesses say a Brighton man was shot to death in front of his wife during a clash on Sunday night.

But the man who shot the victim said he fired in self defense, witnesses told 7NEWS reporter Don Champion.

Adams County sheriff's deputies led the suspected shooter away in handcuffs, but it was unclear if he'd been arrested or just taken in for questioning.

The shooting was reported at 714 p.m. at 390 Main St., said sheriff's spokesman Terrance O'Neill.

The man was shot in a dirt lot next to the Brighton Auto Clinic, O'Neill said. He was transported to Denver Health Medical Center.

A sheriff's detective told 7NEWS late Sunday night that the man had died.

Authorities did not identify the shooting victim or the suspected shooter.

Witnesses said they heard three gunshots that sounded like firecrackers.

One man said he ran from his yard to help and saw the wounded man lying on the ground as his distraught wife looked on.

"The shooter said he shot him because he attacked (the shooter)," the witness told 7NEWS.

No one could explain what caused the confrontation.

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