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DENVER -- The man who was fatally shot during a motorcycle club fight on Saturday that left seven others injured was identified Monday by the Denver coroner.

Victor Mendoza, 46, was killed by a gunshot wound and his death was ruled a homicide, the Denver medical examiner said.

Police have not identified which clubs were involved in the shooting and stabbing at the Colorado Motorcycle Expo that was being held at the National Western Complex.

There have been no arrests in the shooting.

The Colorado Department of Corrections confirmed Monday night one of its employees, Derrick Duran, was involved in the incident. "Mr. Duran is a Corrections Officer at the Denver complex. Officer Duran has been employed with the CDOC from May 2012 – present and is currently on administrative leave with pay while the case is under investigation," a statement said.

The expo, which has been going on for several years, was canceled on Sunday.

No arrests have been made, though a man in an Iron Order Motorcycle Club jacket was seen being hauled off in handcuffs. Iron Order is a predominant law enforcement and military members club.

“We have not verified absolutely that law enforcement is part of one of those clubs, absolutely not from Denver,” Denver Police Chief Robert White said Saturday night.

But Stephen Stubbs, an attorney with Mongols Motorcycle Club, said an Iron Order member shot and killed Mendoza, who was a Mongol member. Stubbs said Iron Order started a verbal, then a physical altercation.

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

Three others who were injured remain in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center.

 

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