Denver police have taken a 23-year-old security guard into custody in a first-degree murder and four attempted murder investigation after he opened fire outside a bar off East Colfax early Monday morning. He was identified as Dante Pacheco Rodriguez.
The city also moved to suspend the licenses of Lempiro, a restaurant at 1452 Uinta Street, and J&M Security, a contract security firm that manned four guards.
HALO cameras near the bar show Pacheco Rodríguez fired at least three shots, the first being parked across from the restaurant around 12:31 a.m. Monday, according to a Denver police probable cause statement. I shot people in a pickup truck. Four minutes later, three more people headed for the truck, and the five people in the truck drove south down Uintah Street.
The truck pulled over one block south.
Police said the incident began with an argument in a bar.
A witness, who declined to identify himself, said a fight outside resulted in a bottle flying and a shot being fired.
“The bottle had been hit by a car and broken. Then several men ran away, got guns and started shooting,” said a witness.
A statement of probable cause indicates that police found Pacheco Rodriguez bleeding from the head. He told them he had been assaulted.
Witnesses said five people in the red pickup truck that had been shot were trying to leave. “They were trying to get away from all the shooting, just like everyone else,” he said.
A bar employee said Pacheco Rodriguez had a reputation for being “disrespectful” to people.
A video shot more than a month ago and obtained by CBS News Colorado shows a security guard wearing a mask outside a bar using a taser or similar impact device on a man in front of the store. The situation was reflected. CBS News Colorado could not confirm that the man was Pacheco and he was Rodriguez.
Investigators said the restaurant contracted by J&M Security had four security guards. The Excise and Licensing Service issued a statement, saying only security guard Katie Diaz “has received the necessary license and approval from the Department to act as an armed security guard.”
She reportedly fired her weapon once in the air.
The ministry has informed security firms that it has ordered them to immediately suspend their permits to employ private security guards pending further investigation.
In addition, the department has also suspended the liquor license and dance cabaret license of Vigua LLC, the company that owns Restaurant Lempiro, registered to Juan Francisco Guardado.
Guardado did not respond to an email request for comment. The restaurant has already been fined and was ordered last year to show why it maintains its license for other violations, such as serving alcohol to minors and deploying unlicensed security guards.