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Man accused of killing girlfriend's son in Englewood

Cordia Blash was arrested in connection to the deadly shooting of 21-year-old Kane Nathaniel Andres Acosta-Woods on July 4, police said.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A man was arrested in the deadly shooting of his girlfriend's son Monday night, Englewood Police Department said.

Officers responded around 10:20 p.m. Monday to a home in the 3600 block of South Sherman Street and found a 21-year-old man with a gunshot wound to his upper body, according to police.

The victim stopped breathing and his pulse stopped while officers were at the scene, police said. Officers began life-saving efforts until paramedics transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

The Arapahoe County Coroner's Office identified the victim as Kane Nathaniel Andres Acosta-Woods.

Officers determined another man at the scene, identified as 37-year-old Cordia Zachary Blash, fired a gun at the victim and hit him, police said.

Blash was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder and booked in the Arapahoe County detention center, according to police.

Blash told police he had been involved in an argument with his girlfriend and her two children, one of whom was Acosta-Woods, according to an arrest affidavit. Blash told police Acosta-Woods pushed him, causing Blash to fall backward. The affidavit says Blash claimed he accidentally fired the gun he had previously taken out of his backpack, hitting Acosta-Woods in the chest. 

But Blash's girlfriend gave police a different account. According to the affidavit, she said Blash came home and immediately began arguing with her and began to destroy property in the house. She said Blash began to approach her while yelling, so Acosta-Woods stepped in front of her. The affidavit says Blash's girlfriend told police Acosta-Woods punched Blash in the mouth to protect his mother, and that Blash stepped back and fired a single shot that hit Acosta-Woods in the back. 

Blash is due in court on July 11.

Credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office
Cordia Blash

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