The coverup of the murder of a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club by an Iron Order Motorcycle Club chapter officer at the Colorado Motorcycle Exposition in Denver last Saturday appears to be already underway.
The shooter (pictured above right with gun still in hand moments after the murder) is a Colorado Department of Corrections officer named Derrick “Kong” Duran. Duran lives in Longmont, Colorado and is the vice-president of the Firestone, Colorado chapter of the Iron Order. Duran shot a second Mongol in the stomach during the incident. That man remained in critical condition on Monday morning.
Among the Mongols, the dead man used the road name “Nubs.” The critically wounded man used the name “Hercules.” The Aging Rebel is withholding the victims’ full names at this time.
Seven people were hospitalized as a result of the confrontation between members of the two clubs. This page, relying on a statement issued by Denver Health Medical Center, originally reported that nine people had been hospitalized.
The fight began when intoxicated members of the Iron Order approached a tee-shirt booth operated by the Mongols and tried to intimidate the Mongols and their prospective patrons. Three Mongols asked the Iron Order members to move on. The Iron Order members shoved a Mongol and a fist fight ensued. Duran then brandished a handgun and threatened to shoot the three Mongols. Multiple sources have described Duran as drunk. When the three Mongols attempted to disarm Duran he shot two of them. Duran was detained for questioning by police but was not arrested.
John C. “Shark” Whitfield, who is the “Director of the Division of Legal Affairs” for the Iron Order, told the Denver Post that three members of the Iron Order were jumped by Mongols after they became separated from a group of “about 15” club members. “Once that happened, there was an opportunity to jump them, and they were sorely outnumbered,” Whitfield told reporters Tom McGhee and Kirk Mitchell.
Whitfield, who flew to Denver yesterday, told television station KCNC, “My preliminary investigation tells me in no form or manner did any Iron Order member instigate or cause any of the events that led to the tragedy yesterday, and merely reacted to what other non-member individuals may have started and unlawfully provoked.” The television station did not report why or how Whitfield is investigating the murder, or what law enforcement assets may be available to him to do so.
Whitfield’s interjection into the murder investigation in Denver is reminiscent of his bizarre inclusion in the murder investigation of Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton by an Iron Order prospect in Jacksonville Beach, Florida in June 2014.
At that time Whitfield wrote Iron Order members:
“I have been a litigator for over 30 years, dealing with both civil and criminal cases my whole career. Because of that experience, I know that in a criminal situation it is important… the client understand that after the facts are ascertained, they must let me do the talking publicly about it (if need be). The client needs to have no comment about any of this. The same applies here…. My clients in this situation are the IOMC and the brothers and prospects who may be close to this situation.”
“I have been in contact with law enforcement there,” Whitfield continued, “and offered my services in any way they deem appropriate. They are professionals and are doing a great job. So as to keep this investigation clean, we do not need to talk about this. Should they want to interview further any of you, I will make the arrangements for that to happen.”
“My investigation so far tells me that had there not been reckless aggressive behavior by persons that started this, none of this would have happened. My basis for this comes from my time down in Florida, as I (accompanied by Associate Division of Legal Affairs Director Tracker) went to Jacksonville and interviewed the brothers/prospects in full. We went to the scene and chronicled the information we needed there, spoke to law enforcement there to gain a better perspective and have taken other steps that I will not outline in this thread. Although much has been done, there is still a lot to do. We are prepared to do it with vigilance.”
Tracker is Marine Major Darrell “Tracker” Robinson.
Tipton’s killer, Kristopher Stone was also taken into custody for questioning after he killed Tipton and released within hours. Police bulletins issued that night stated that Stone had not and would not be charged because he had acted in “self-defense.” Police and prosecutors then stubbornly refused to comment on the case for six months before publicly declaring that Stone would not be charged.
The same scenario seems to be playing out now in Denver.