Police: Fatal shooting appears unrelated to nearby car chase

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A car crash led to an arrest just a few blocks away from a deadly shooting on Federal Boulevard just an hour earlier on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. Police seek a connection between the two incidents.

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DENVER — A man was shot and killed in a park on South Federal Boulevard on Saturday, then about an hour later a police chase led to a crash and arrest a few blocks away, the Denver Police Department said.

Denver said the pursuit and car crash did not appear to be related to the shooting.

“Anything that we come upon that might be related we are going to take the necessary measures to see if it’s connected or not,” spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

At 10:20 a.m. Saturday, a man was shot in Harvard Gulch West Park on South Federal Boulevard and Vassar Avenue. Police pronounced the man dead at the scene and deemed it a a homicide.

On Monday, the Denver Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 61-year-old Jose Frias-Olivas.

“I didn’t know it was him until I see him (now) and I know,” said Rose Martinez, a friend of the victim, after passing by the crime scene.

The scene was visible from Federal Boulevard and many cars slowed as they passed to see what happened. Just a few blocks north at the intersection of Federal and Mansfield Avenue, police worked another scene.

“When you see a scene directly out of ‘Cops,’ it’s something that never really happens to you personally,” said Gary Chavez, the owner of Hope Motor Company.

Police received information regarding a possible suspect that led to the chase, and Chavez saw it unfold right in front of his business.

“He was screaming to the police that he didn’t run into them, they ran into him,” Chavez said.

The driver, who has not been identified, had outstanding warrants and was charged for eluding police. Police are still searching for an unknown suspect in the fatal shooting.

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