Daniel Deleon dead, Zachary Montoya wanted in latest apparent Make My Day killing

The Make My Day law is getting a workout lately. Hot on the heels of Filberto Alderete being cleared in the death of Jesus Sifuentes Jr., word surfaced about a South Williams Street shooting in which a man turned a robber's gun against him.

Now we know the name of the dead man in the latter incident, as well as that of another suspect being sought.

According to the Denver Police Department account, a man at the South Williams Street address was targeted for robbery by two men and a woman -- but that plan went awry when the victim seized a gun from one of the thieves and shot and killed a man now identified as Daniel Deleon, 32. The other two alleged robbers fled, and while DPD reps still don't know the name of the female, they've determined that the male was Zachary Montoya, 32. He's believed to be heading south.

Get more details in the two releases below -- the first from the DPD, the second from the Denver coroner's office.

Denver Police Department release:

On July 20, 2010, at 11:35 p.m., Denver Police responded to 2375 South Williams Street on a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they found one male suffering from a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported the male to Denver Health Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead. Through the investigation Detectives learned two males and a female where visiting the residence at 2375 South Williams Street. During this visit, the three-armed visitors attempted to rob the people living there. One of the robbery victims was able to seize control of one of the robber's guns. He then shot the suspect. The other two suspects ran from the scene.

Denver Police identified the male suspect as Zachary Marco Montoya, (32). Police believe Montoya left the Denver area possibly going to Colorado Springs or New Mexico. The unknown female remains at large as well. Police obtained an arrest warrant for Montoya for investigation of Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping. Police consider Montoya armed and dangerous.

The identity of the deceased suspect is pending positive identification and notification of next of kin by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner.

Denver coroner's office release:

On July 21, 2010 the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner was notified of a death at Denver Health Medical Center at 12:30 AM.

Mr. Daniel Deleon (Hispanic male, 32 years of age/DOB: 10-07-1977) was transported to the hospital from 2375 S. Williams Street in Denver.

An autopsy was completed by this office today. The cause of death is a single gunshot wound to abdomen and chest.

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