Police Investigate Homicide in La Junta

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05/15/2021 –The La Junta Police Department and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are conducting a criminal investigation involving a homicide that occurred at 1510 East Sixth Street in the Morningside Heights neighborhood on Friday, May 14, 2021. 

The victim, a 48-year-old La Junta man, was shot inside of his vehicle parked in front of his apartment building by a white or Hispanic male, possibly in his 30’s. The name of the victim is not being released at this time.

In addition to suspect information, investigators are requesting help from the community in identifying a white or Hispanic female, approximately 5'7" to 5'9" tall with dark hair, a medium to heavy build wearing a red or maroon tank top, dark pants and white shoes. It’s believed this female was with the suspect leading up to the shooting.

Finally, investigators are requesting information about the location of the the suspect vehicle, described as a silver, four-door Pontiac, possibly a Bonneville, with an unknown Kansas license plate. The suspect vehicle could have damage to the front, passenger side door.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the La Junta Police Department Emergency Communications Center at (719) 384-2525 to be put in contact with an investigator.

The suspect(s) is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public.

This investigation is being conducted in cooperation with the Otero County Sheriff's Office, Colorado State Patrol, Otero County Coroner's Office and the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. 

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.