No charges to be filed in deadly Colorado Motorcycle Expo brawl

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DENVER — No charges will be filed against an off-duty Colorado Department of Corrections employee who killed a man during a brawl at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo that left several others injured, the Denver District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.

Victor Mendoza, 46, was killed by a gunshot wound during a fight between two motorcycle clubs at the Denver Coliseum on Jan. 30 and his death was ruled a homicide, the Denver medical examiner said.

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The fight broke out between The Mongols and the Iron Order motorcycle clubs. The investigation confirmed that shots were fired by Mendoza and Derek Duran, the corrections department employee, the DA’s office said.

Duran fired the first shot, injuring one person. Within a minute, Mendoza shot at Duran, grazing his torso and hitting another man behind Duran. Duran then fatally shot Mendoza.

The DA’s office said four people were hit by gunfire, two people were victims of assault and one person was stabbed.

“The case was presented for consideration of charges (Monday) and the legal review concluded that there is no likelihood of a conviction due to the self-defense claim of Mr. Duran,” the DA’s office said in a news release.

Duran was a member of the Iron Order club, while Mendoza was a Mongols club member.

In February, Stephen Stubbs, an attorney with The Mongols, said an Iron Order started a verbal, then a physical altercation.

“There’s no need to pull out weapons and escalate because you are losing a fistfight,” Stubbs said.

John Whitfield, a lawyer and member of Iron Order, said it was the Mongols who started the fight by jumping three outnumbered Iron Order members.

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