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Murder suspect killed by Denver Police officer in separate incident

10:04 PM, Oct 18, 2011   |    comments
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Lakewood Police believe the man who was killed was 24-year-old Mark Sepulveda. He was wanted for the murder of Juan Carlos, who was found dead on Sept. 17. Lakewood Police say there is also a high probability that the suspect who was arrested is another man who was wanted in the same murder, 21-year-old Justin Martinez.

Denver Police say they responded to a robbery in progress at the cellphone store at 12:18 p.m. near the area of 14th Avenue and Krameria Street. When officers arrived, they confronted the suspects, who appeared to be armed.

Police say the suspects were trying to take the driver of the Jeep hostage and carjack the vehicle. When officers arrived, a gun was pointed at the driver's head and when officers approached the suspect, he turned the gun on them. Officers then shot one of the suspects.

"The victim said he got into the jeep. That's when the guy ran over to him, pointed the gun at him, was volatile, and said, 'This is a carjacking! You're going to be the driver,'" witness Steve Walters said. "[The suspect] ran around to the other side, and that's when police opened fire."

"I came out of my front door," Ivan, a witness said. "I heard a 'Bang!' and then and then a series of other 'Bang, bang, bangs!'"

The suspect who was shot was transported to a local hospital and later died.

Officers arrested another suspect about a block away at 14th Avenue and Leyden Street.

"We've recovered at least one weapon at this point," Denver Police spokesperson Sonny Jackson said. "We're looking at some other weapons potentially involved."

People who witnessed the crime said it was frightening.

"I heard like boom, boom, and boom. And right then I knew it was a gun," Alyssa Lurcott, a bartender from across the street, said.

Jackson says these men had no connection to other recent robberies in Denver.

Police say they are not ruling out other people being involved in the case, but have not named any other suspects.

The names of the officers involved have not been released.

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