Cops look for answers in August slaying

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AURORA | A man found injured in an Aurora parking lot in August has died and his death has been ruled a homicide, police said.

Luis Gonzalez, 46, died Oct. 8 of injuries he sustained Aug. 13 during an altercation in a parking lot in the 13700 block of East Fourth Circle, police said. He had been in a coma for almost two months before he died.

Police said they responded that night to the parking lot near East Sixth Avenue and Potomac Street on a report of an accident.

There, officers found Gonzalez  unconscious in the parking lot. He was rushed to an area hospital where he died several weeks later.

Police said detectives from the department’s homicide unit investigated the case quickly learned this “accident” was the result of some sort of altercation between Gonzalez and another vehicle.

Investigators say Gonzalez got out of his truck in the parking lot, approached a suspect’s truck and became involved in a physical altercation with the driver of the second truck.  That driver never got out of his truck but drove off as the physical altercation started.

Police have not said exactly how Gonzalez was injured, but they said the Arapahoe County coroner’s office ruled his death a homicide.

Investigators described the suspect as a Hispanic male, 40 to 45 years old driving a dark colored, large, diesel pick up with a lighter colored stripe or paint on the bottom portion.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has any information to call Detective Alton Reed at 303-739-6068.  Callers can  also remain anonymous by calling CRIME STOPPERS at 720-913-STOP (7867 and may be eligible to earn a reward of $2,000.