Police stonewalled Denver Post reporter Noelle Phillips this week when she tried to update her paper’s coverage of the aftermath of a deadly fight January 30 between members of the Mongols and Iron Order Motorcycle Clubs. During the fight at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo a Colorado prison guard named Derrick “Kong” Duran shot and killed Mongol Victor “Nubs” Mendoza.
A widely circulated photo shows an apparently intoxicated Duran with a pistol in his hand shortly before Mendoza was killed.
The week after the shooting, Las Vegas attorney Stephen Stubbs held a press conference in Denver at which Stubbs announced that Mendoza had died “as he charged a man that was waving a gun at a large group of people.” Stubbs did not name Duran. His statement was oblique. He said:
“Shooting an unarmed person that tries to disarm you after you unlawfully brandish a gun cannot be self defense. Running to the top of the stairs, pointing a gun at the crowd below and shooting an unarmed man that bravely tried to disarm you cannot be self defense.
“On the flip side, attempting to disarm a person with your hands after they pull a gun on you is lawful self defense. Using your fists to defend yourself and your brothers against a group whose members just shot one of you is self defense. “
The Aging Rebel believes Duran killed Mendoza. Duran was taken into police custody after the shooting. He was placed on administrative leave by the Colorado Department of Corrections. He has not yet been charged with anything.
On March 25 almost two months after the murder, the Facebook page Iron Order Truth Crew reported that an unnamed federal police agency was investigating the case and that Duran was likely to be charged with “unlawful carry of a concealed weapon and unlawful carry in a prohibited place.” You can find the Facebook post here.
As reported this morning, Denver Police Department spokesman Doug Schepman told the Post, “”What I can tell you is that we are still actively investigating this case, and that the case will be presented to the DA’s Office upon conclusion of the investigation — though there is no timeline for when that will occur. The commander did not wish to elaborate on the investigative process or timeline to this point.”
The Post also reported that Duran is no longer on administrative leave. According to a corrections department spokeswoman named Laurie Kilpatrick, Duran has not been terminated, has not resigned and has not returned to work. Kilpatrick wouldn’t tell Phillips if Duran was still getting paid or not. You can read the complete Denver Post story here.