Man won't face charges in fatal shooting

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Man shot to death near old sugar factory

By Ben Wiebesiek

    BRIGHTON – A Brighton man who shot and killed a homeless man during a confrontation April 1 will not face charges.
    The Adams County District Attorney's Office announced the decision Tuesday afternoon.
    Police, arrested Lon Jones, 54, following the shooting on suspicion of second-degree murder.
    "Family members of Mr. Manzanares were informed yesterday that based on the current evidence the district attorney cannot disprove that Jones acted in self defense at the time of the shooting," according to a press release from the district's attorney office.


    The shooting happened around 7:15 p.m. in the 400 block of North Main Street, near the old sugar mill and just outside the Brighton city limits. The crime scene was in a dirt lot on the southwest corner of the sugar lot property.
    An ambulance took Manzanares to Denver Health Medical Center, where he died less than three hours after the incident. The shooting was preceded by an apparent confrontation between Jones, who was allegedly taking pictures, and Manzanares, who believed he and his wife were being photographed.
    Jones was contacted by the Brighton Standard Blade at his home Tuesday but he declined to comment.
    Look for more on the DA's decision in Wednesday's Brighton Standard Blade, including reaction from Manzanares' wife.