Today the Denver Police Department released a 195 page report on the fight between members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club and the Iron Order Motorcycle Club on January 30 at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo in Denver.
At the conclusion of the fight, Mongol Victor “Nubs” Mendoza was shot in the “right center chest” and killed by Colorado prison guard Derrick “Kong” Duran. Before shooting Mendoza, Duran shot and seriously injured Jared “Hercules” Chadwick. Duran was not charged with any crime.
There are no surprises in the report. There are numerous inconsistencies within it. For example, at one point, the report states, “Two of the victims had been assaulted, one victim had been stabbed, and four had been shot.” A couple hundred words later the report lists six victims instead of seven: Victor Mendoza (deceased); Jared Chadwick (shot); Daniel McCallister (shot); Aaron Mercer (assaulted); Johnny Winston (assaulted); and Matthew Woelfle (stabbed).
The report states, “there was a verbal altercation between the Iron Order Motorcycle Club and the Mongols Motorcycle Club over the Mongols laying claim to a stairwell just south of their booth; that was located on the bottom level, and members from the Iron Order club who were standing on these stairs and to include the landing. At some point the verbal altercation turned physical. During the physical altercation, a member from the Iron Order club fired one time and struck a member from the Mongols, this individual was identified as Jared Chadwick…. The altercation between the two clubs continued up the stairs to the main level where a male; possibly from the Mongols, fired one time striking a member from the Iron Order, who was identified as Daniel McCallister…and grazing another member from the Iron Order, who was identified as Derrick Duran…. As a result, Mr. Duran who had been grazed returned fire and struck Mr. Mendoza.”
“During the second shooting event, a member from the Iron Order; who was identified as Matthew Woelfle…was stabbed presumably by an unknown member of the Mongols.”
“The two individuals who were assaulted were identified as Aaron Mercer…and Johnny Winston.”
The report indicates that the police investigation of the murder continued April 21.
“Some of the incident at the stairs” was recorded by “button cams” worn by two undercover police officers.
Detectives first contacted Jared Chadwick while he was in intensive care, According to the report, “Mr. Chadwick told Detective Estrada he didn’t care to make a statement, didn’t wish to pursue charges, and asked Detective Estrada to talk to his attorney.”
The report includes a confusingly written account of an interview with McCallister who claims, he “was with his group downstairs at the last booth looking at parts. After looking at parts, the group walked upstairs. There was a large group of Bandidos to his left. He continued up the stairs and realized that the prospects were still down stairs. The Bandidos started harassing the prospects. He told Kong what was going on. He went down the stairs with Kong who tried to talk and resolve the situation. As a result, a fight ensued. He tried to get one of the Mongols off of one his the guys from his group. He told the guy are we done, released the Mongol, and started walking back up the stairs. As he walked up the stairs, the Mongols would try and grab one of the members and pull them back down or beat them up. He got to the top of the stairs. They were telling the Mongols to give them the rest of their guys and they would leave.”
“A male from the group pulled out a smaller caliber gun and pointed it at Kong. He stepped in between the guy and Kong and ended up getting shot. Oak and a prospect carried him outside. He knew he was shot. He kept constant pressure on the wound.
He went to the motorcycle meet with other members from the Iron Order club.”
The next day McCallister, “reiterated his previous audio statement given at the hospital recounting the incident. Mr. McCallister related that he heard what he believes was Kong’s gun going off. This was downstairs. Mr. McCallister stated he was shot by a Mongol. He was then carried out by a couple of guys. Mr. McCallister described the Mongol who shot him as being approximately 5’05 to 5’07, possibly Hispanic, bald or shaved head, wearing black glasses, red shirt, and had facial hair. Mr. McCallister marked locations on photos of the scene where members of the Iron Order including himself and Mongols were located. He also marked positions of people during the disturbance/shooting. Mr. McCallister has been a member of Iron Order since 10/04/2014. Mr. McCallister goes by the moniker of Penguin. Mr. McCallister was shot in the lower right chest with an unknown caliber bullet. Mr. McCallister does not know if the bullet was recovered by a physician. Mr. McCallister wants to see justice because he was unarmed when he was shot. Mr. McCallister thinks Kong made a poor choice in the matter and believes the person who shot him also made a poor choice in the matter. Mr. McCallister is willing to press charges against the man who shot him. Mr. McCallister believes the situation was made a lot worse because of the guns.”
The next day McCallister told detectives he thought he was shot with a derringer.
Aaron Mercer called police from the crime scene and spoke to them later.
The report summarizes Mercer’s 911 call like this: “He told the call taker members from his club were coming up the stairs when the Mongols told them to get upstairs. He told the call taker they were waiting for guys from their club when the Mongols jumped them. He told the call taker on person had been stabbed, two had been shot, and a bunch of them were assaulted. He told the call taker one of the guys was hit bad and needed medical attention. He told the call taker Denver police are there and are telling him to get off the phone and the call ends.”
Later that day Mercer told police: “He went with members from the Iron Order Club at the National Western Complex for the swap meet. He was at the swap meet with Iron Order members Nick, Aaron, Kong – Derrick Duran, Snydy, Cactus Jack, Woops – Johnny, Oak, six guys from the Ft. Collins Club. They call him prospect Aaron Duce, and prospect Aaron Gregory.
“He drove his car down to the meet and arrived around 11:45 a.m. While the group was walking around, the group was split up into three groups. There were 5 or 6 at the top of the stairs. There were 4 in the middle group to include himself and Snydy. This group was on the landing on the bottom of the stairs. The rest of the group was looking at a booth looking at parts. As he was waiting for the group that was looking at parts, about ten Mongols walked up and told the four of them to get up the stairs. Snydy told the Mongols they would go in a minute and stated he was waiting on the rest of their group. The Mongols told them again to get upstairs. The Mongols began to surround the four of them and the guys upstairs came down the stairs. Woops stood next to him. One of the Mongols knocked the beer out of Woops his hand. He heard someone say, ‘Fuck him up’ and the Mongol swung at Woops.”
“He either fell down the stairs or was grabbed he doesn’t know. He was punched by more than three Mongols in the head and face. He went to the ground and was kicked and stomped in the chest and head. He got up and heard a gunshot. He tried going up the stairs and was grabbed by the vest. The Mongols tried to pull him back down the stairs. He started up the stairs, saw a Mongol pull a knife, and saw the Mongol lunge towards him with the knife. Someone from his group grabbed him and helped him upstairs. He then heard another gunshot. He got to the top of the stairs and saw Penguin on the ground bleeding.”
“He called 911 and heard another shot.”
“He stated he heard the first shot down stairs, the second shot on his way upstairs, and the third shot while at the top of the stairs. He added Kong had a gun, Snydy might have had a gun. He denied firing his gun.”
“Mr. Mercer was armed during the incident and admitted to drawing his firearm during the incident.”
Winston told police:
“He thinks they arrived at the motorcycle swap meet between 11:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. they walked around. As they were walking, he saw a Mongol at a beer tent. The Mongol saw the group and walked away. He and Putz bought a beer. Prospect Duce had to leave to catch a flight so the group began to make their way up stairs. He was near the top of the stairs when he stopped to look behind him. He saw Snydy being approached by some Mongols. He called to Kong, Putz, and Cactus Jack who were near the top with him. He went down and stood next to Snydy and had a beer in his left hand. As soon as he stood next to Snydy, one of the Mongols told him to get his black ass back upstairs. the Mongol spilled his beer and Mongol told him “what are you going to do.” He then heard another Mongol say, “hit him” and was punched in the left side of the face. The Mongol grabbed his cut and he grabbed the Mongols cut. He was pulled down and was stomped, kicked, and punched. He saw prospect Duce (Mercer) on the ground balled up. He was trying to swing back when he heard a gunshot go off. There was a short pause and he was put in a choke hold. Snydy grabbed him and pulled him out by his cut. A Mongol kicked him in the face. He was walking away and heard another shot go off.
“He and Snydy went out a back exit and he called Kong. He told Kong they were outside and Kong told him he had been shot. Kong told him where they were and he and Snydy met up with the rest of the Iron Order members.
“He stated he received multiple blows to the head and was in and out after the incident and possibly suffered a concussion.
He stated he was wearing a his black vest, a black hat, white t-shirt, tan pants, and black and white Converse shoes. He was not armed and knew that Kong, Sunny D, and prospect duce were armed.
“He had one beer and only had about a quarter of that beer. Putz and Cactus Jack also had purchased a beer. Kong didn’t have a beer but did ask for a sip of his beer.”
Woefle told police: “He is a member of the Iron Order and goes by “Worf”. He was downstairs at a booth looking at motorcycle parts when his group got separated from the main group. After he was done at the booth, he came around the corner and saw a group of Mongols and a fight ensuing. ‘Loop’ was with him and told him he saw ‘Kong.’ He ran over there and started pulling guys off and heard a gunshot. ‘Kong’ was up against the wall with his gun in his hand. They started to make their way upstairs. He made it to the top of the stairs and ended up in a pile. He made it through the door way and thinks this is where ‘Penguin’ got shot. He saw a Mongol came around and start to shoot. His group began to make his way out of the complex when ‘Loop’ told him he had been stabbed. He looked down and saw blood. When he got out side, he realized he had been stabbed four times. He doesn’t know when he was stabbed. He doesn’t know who stabbed him.”
“Duran stated that he had been ‘grazed’ by a bullet and pulled a blanket down off of his chest, where there was blood coming from a wound near the left side of his chest. Duran stated the he was the vice president of his chapter of the Iron Order motorcycle club. Duran was also a corrections officer with the Colorado Department of Corrections. Duran was with several other members of the Iron Order Motorcycle club at the motorcycle expo. The group became separated at some steps of the event (unknown exactly where at the event), so Duran stayed with a few members to regroup. Several members of the Mongols motorcycle club walked by and told them to get up the steps. The group of Mongols then started punching and kicking Duran and others he was with. Duran described the fight as the Mongols throwing ‘Hay-makers’ and smashing his head against the wall as well as kicking him. Duran was afraid for his life so he pulled out his .380 caliber handgun, which he had concealed on his person. Duran warned the males who had been assaulting him to back off and when one of them approached him again, he fired a single shot. Duran and the other members of his club tried to leave and the unknown members of the Mongols shot back at him and continued to pursue him, so fired a second shot.
Officer Stadler asked Duran if he would be willing to make a recorded video statement and Duran said that he wanted to speak with an attorney before making any further statements.”
The Post Report
Noelle Phillips in the Denver Post wrote a brief account of the report and has provided a link to the entire, slightly redacted, Denver Police report.
You can find the Post report and the link here.