What started out as a friendly barbecue erupted in chaos and confusion yesterday.
The Denver Police Department says it responded to reports of shots fired to find a dead man, and a second man (reportedly ID'd by family as Daniel Alderte) holding a gun he didn't drop until a cop shot him. Filberto Alderte, 62, is being held on investigation of first degree murder; no name yet on the murder victim.
Look below to see an interactive graphic of the area near the scene (if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map"), as well as two DPD reports and TV coverage from Channel 31.
Denver Police Department release, 12:12 p.m. July 18:
The homicide suspect has been identified as Filberto Alderete (DOB 12-2-47). Alderete is being held in Denver Downtown Detention Facility under investigation of first-degree murder. The mug shot of Alderete is not being released at this time pending further investigation.
The identity of the suspect shot by the police officer is still pending positive identification.
The homicide victim's name is not being released at this time pending positive identification and notification of next of kin by the Office of the Medical Examiner.
Previous release, 5:10 a.m. July 18:
On July 18, 2010, at 12:34 am, the Denver Police Department received numerous calls regarding a disturbance and a shooting in the area of 18th Avenue and King Street.
When officers arrived in the area witnesses told them there had been a shooting at 3436 West 18th Avenue. As the officers moved towards the shooting victim, they encountered a man with a gun. Officers ordered the man to drop the gun and he refused to do so. One officer fired a single shot at the suspect and struck him. That suspect was transported to Denver Health Medical Center and is now under arrest in stable condition. Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene.
While continuing their investigation, officers immediately located a shooting victim on the front porch of 3436 West 18th Avenue. The victim in that shooting was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers were able to identify a suspect related to the homicide and arrested him there. To clarify, there are two parties in custody, from two incidents, which both occurred in very close proximity. One party was arrested related to the officer involved shooting and a second party was arrested related to a homicide.
The identity of both suspects will be released when confirmed and the Office of the Medical Examiner will release the identity of the homicide victim when they have made that determination.
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Update, 2:32 p.m.: Daniel Alderete has now been positively identified as the man shot by police, and photos of him and Filberto Alderete have been released. See them at this post: "Daniel Alderete (No. 14): Photo Released of Man Shot by Police, Felipe Alderete Busted."
Update, July 22: Read about the latest developments in the case in this post: "Daniel Alderete: Make My Day Situation Aside, Shooting by Cop Deemed Justified."