Machete fight at 4900 Morrison Road ends with three people in critical condition

Update below: This weekend, I got around to watching Machete, director Robert Rodriguez's variation on '70s blaxploitation epics, with Danny Trejo as the blade-wielding title head chopper unleashed against the backdrop of a Texas-Mexico immigration battle. I found the results to be ultra-enjoyable -- but I'll bet I wouldn't have been as entertained by the fight at 4900 Morrison, where a machete was pulled for real, with bloody results.

According to the Denver Police Department, cops were called to the 4900 block of Morrison Road at around 1:35 a.m. Sunday, August 28. Seems a gathering degenerated into a full-scale confrontation that spilled outside, involving around a dozen men. Detective John White, a DPD spokesman, says a machete was responsible for some of the damage that followed -- and while he can't confirm a Denver Post report that some fingers were sliced off in the process, he does note that three people sustained "significant injuries." Indeed, the trio was initially listed as being in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

This morning, White says the homicide division tells him there are no new cases beyond a fatal shooting at the Knights Inn over the weekend -- meaning all three of the injured parties are still alive thus far. There have been no arrests to date, even though there appear to have been plenty of witnesses. Still, we're confident Danny Trejo wasn't involved.

Update: Mere moments after publishing this post, I received a call from another DPD spokesman, Lt. Matt Murray. He says an individual did indeed lose a finger in the fight. In addition, the one person who remains in critical condition sustained a wound to the head apparently inflicted by the machete. In terms of what started the melee, he says, "A fight erupted between two groups, and it led to this."

When asked about arrests, he adds, "None so far -- and I don't believe there are going to be any. But we'll see what the D.A. decides."

Very interesting. In the meantime, look below to see an interactive graphic of the area near the scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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