Teen dies in Brighton park; suspect arrested

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Posted 7/13/22

Brighton police announced an arrest in the July 12 shooting death of a 17-year-old in Ken Mitchell Park.

The suspect, whose name wasn't released, is at the Prairie View Detention facility in …

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Teen dies in Brighton park; suspect arrested

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Brighton police announced an arrest in the July 12 shooting death of a 17-year-old in Ken Mitchell Park.

The suspect, whose name wasn't released, is at the Prairie View Detention facility in Brighton. He is also 17, according to police. The teen was arrested at his home in Commerce City.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. at Ken Mitchell Park in the 800 block of Kinglet Court. When officers arrived, they found the victim, 17-year-old Josiah Gonzales, suffering from a gunshot wound. Local media said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Brighton police Sgt. Monce Portillo said witnesses reported hearing an argument between the victim and the unknown suspect before hearing gunfire.

"Detectives worked overnight interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence," Portillo said. 

Police are asking residents near the park to look at their video surveillance systems for footage that may help with the investigation. Police are also asking anyone with information to call 303-655-8740. Witnesses can also submit tips anonymously through Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or by visiting metrodenvercrimestoppers.com.

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up to help the family with expenses.

 
 
City of Brighton, Brighton Police Department, teenage shooting victim, Ken Mitchell Park

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