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Arrest made in shooting of man going through trash, police say

A resident and his father got into a confrontation with a man who was going through trash at an apartment complex, according to the DPD probable cause statement.

DENVER — Denver Police arrested a suspect after a person experiencing homelessness was shot Sunday afternoon.

EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this story included information provided by Denver Police that was not in the probable cause statement.

According to the Denver Police Department (DPD), the victim was going through a garbage container about 2:45 p.m. at Cherry Plaza Apartments, at South Cherry Street and East Jewell Avenue, when a man who lived at the location confronted him, according to the DPD probable cause (PC) statement.

They got into an argument and the resident called his father, identified as Rogerio Martinez, 50, who came to the scene, the PC statement says.

The argument continued as the victim pushed his shopping cart near the edge of the apartment property parking lot, and Martinez pushed the victim to get him off the property, according to the statement.

The victim then approached Martinez with his hands raised and fists clenched, and Martinez pulled out a handgun that he was carrying concealed and pointed it at the victim. The victim backed off, and Martinez holstered his gun, the PC statement says.

At that point, Martinez pushed the shopping cart, and the victim again approached Martinez with fists clenched. Martinez pulled out his gun again, and the gun went off. A bullet hit the victim in his right foot, according to the PC statement.

The victim was taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to police.

Martinez was arrested on suspicion of first-degree assault and had his first court hearing on Monday morning, according to court records.

Credit: Steve Staeger, KUSA

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