Update: An arrest has been made in the Trison Mitta homicide at the Sports Station Bar & Grill in Aurora late last month.
The suspect, Donnell Littleton, made it easy on the Aurora Police Department. Rather than waiting for officers to chase him down, he surrendered to authorities.
Get details in an APD release below, followed by earlier coverage.
Aurora Police Department release:
Homicide Suspect Turns Himself In
Aurora, Colo. -- Donnell Littleton, 27, turned himself into the Arapahoe County Jail yesterday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the murder of Trison Mitta. Littleton is being charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond.
The arrest photo is not being released at this time pending additional photo line-ups.
Update, 7:47 a.m. February 1: The victim of the Friday night shooting outside the Sports Station Bar & Grill in Aurora has been identified as Trison Mitta, 26. And while the Aurora Police Department doesn't have a name to go along with the suspected shooter, officers do have a couple of surveillance photos -- and they're offering a $5,000 reward for info that leads to an arrest or conviction. Check out the shots and the details below.
Aurora Police Department release:
Police Release Surveillance Photos of Shooter, Increase Reward
Aurora, Colo. -- Police are seeking information from the public in connection with a fatal shooting that took place last Friday night at a bar in Aurora.
Surveillance cameras caught the man detectives believe shot Trison Mitta, 26, of Aurora, last Friday night in the parking lot of a business located in the 800 block of N. Dayton Street. Two still images of the shooter have been sent along with this news release. "Major Crimes Unit detectives have released two still photos of the shooter taken from surveillance video with the hope that someone will recognize him and lead us to him," said Detective Friel.
In addition to the reward offered by Metro Denver Crime Stoppers, Aurora Police are offering an additional reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this committing this homicide.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Major Crimes Unit Detective Gretchen Fronapfel at (303)739-6013 or Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867).
Original item, 8:54 a.m. January 31: Information is hard to come by in a Friday night parking-lot shooting outside Aurora's Sports Station Bar & Grill. Aurora Police aren't releasing the name of the victim or any suspects yet. Below, find the APD's latest release on the homicide, as well as an interactive graphic showing the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
Aurora Police Department release, January 29:
Investigation Underway into Fatal Shooting
Aurora, Colo. -- Aurora Police are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred last night at a bar.
On January 28, 2011, shortly before 11 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of N. Dayton St. on a report of an aggravated assault with a gun. Officers arrived and located a gunshot victim in the parking lot area of the bar. The victim was transported to a local hospital.
Officers responded to the hospital, secured the outdoor crime scene, contacted witnesses, and requested assistance from investigators.
Major Crimes Unit (MCU) detectives and personnel with the Crime Scene Investigation Unit (CSI) responded to the scene of the shooting and the hospital. A search of the outdoor crime scene continued well into this morning in an effort to use daylight to search for possible evidence.
Shortly before 3 a.m. the victim succumbed to his serious injuries. His name is not being released at this time.
A description of the suspect is not being released at this time.
Emergency calls recorded by dispatch in regards to this incident are not being released.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact MCU Detective Gretchen Fronapfel at (303)739-6013 or Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). Crime Stoppers is offering up to $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this homicide.
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