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Scott Shorts busted on suspicion of murdering Brandon Sigala at Knights Inn on Zuni (20)

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Update: The Denver Police Department has announced an arrest in the weekend murder of 27-year-old Brandon Sigala at the Knights Inn.

The suspect is Scott Shorts, 43, who's been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder. However, no booking photo of Shorts has been released to date, because the homicide investigation is continuing.

Details beyond that are few. We know the shooting took place on the second floor of the motel, and that a man -- Shorts? -- was seen fleeing the scene in a white Suburban. Moreover, Shorts reportedly has a substantial criminal past, with weapons- and drug-related arrests on his record. He also had an active warrant for his arrest.

Look below to see our earlier coverage.

Update, 1:09 p.m. August 29: The Denver coroner's office has identified the man declared dead at the Knights Inn on Zuni yesterday afternoon.

The victim: Brandon Sigala, a 27-year-old Hispanic male. The cause of death: a gunshot wound to the head. Yes, the coroner has defined the incident as a homicide. Look below to see our earlier coverage.

Original item, 8:43 a.m. August 29: At around 5:15 p.m. on Sunday, the Denver Police Department received a call to the Knights Inn, at 2601 Zuni. There, they found a man with a gunshot wound who was too far gone to respond to medical treatment. He was declared dead at the scene.

But the cops have at least one clue about the person who ended the man's life.

According to the DPD, a suspect was spotted leaving the scene behind the wheel of a white Suburban. Thus far, there's no additional description of the individual driving it.

Look below to see an interactive graphic of the area near where the crime took place. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Note: An earlier version of this post incorrectly referred to the victim of this homicide as Brian Sigala, not Brandon Sigala. He was also identified as Caucasian, because the Denver coroner's office release used the term "white male." However, a relative informs us that he was Hispanic. That, too, has been corrected. We apologize for the errors.

More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Josiah Sher details killings of Amara Wells, Bob Rafferty -- and says why he spared child's life."

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