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Suspect arrested in killing of 41-year-old man in southwest Denver

Richard Leal was fatally shot on South Vallejo Street in the early morning hours of April 13.

DENVER — A 41-year-old man was killed in a shooting late Wednesday night in southwest Denver.

Officers responded to the 1900 block of South Vallejo Street for a report of a shooting and found a wounded man. That's in the area of West Jewell Avenue and South Zuni Street.

The man, identified as Richard Leal, was taken to the hospital and later died, Denver Police said in a tweet Thursday morning.

Police said his death is being investigated as a homicide and on Wednesday, DPD announced that they arrested 23-year-old Jakari Martin in connection with the crime.

According to the police, Martin and Leal are known to each other and had a verbal exchange prior to the killing. Martin is being held on a charge of first-degree murder.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers  

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or visit metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers is notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

> More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

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