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Pueblo County Coroner identifies victims in W Orman Ave double homicide

Homicide in Pueblo
Posted at 5:08 AM, May 02, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-04 14:46:06-04

PUEBLO — The Pueblo County Coroner has identified the two men found dead in a truck on W Orman Ave early Monday as 17-year-old Joshua Martinez and 26-year-old William Butzin. Both are from Pueblo.

The coroner reports both victims suffered multiple gunshot wounds.

Pueblo Police found the still running silver Ford Super Duty pickup around 3:00 am Monday on W Orman Avenue near Lincoln St, just west of downtown Pueblo.

There were calls to 911 about people arguing outside before gunshots were heard. Images from the scene show the truck stopped in the bike lane on W Orman Ave, with glass from both windows on the ground next to the truck.

Police say there is no current threat to the community as they believe this is an isolated incident. No arrests have been made.

On the subject of violent crimes in Pueblo, District Attorney Jeff Chosner met with Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and the US Attorney for Colorado, Cole Finegan to discuss ways to address major crimes.

In 2021, major crimes were up across the board compared to 2020, including homicide, arson, and auto theft. Weiser says to combat these problems he's asking for the Colorado General Assembly to assist in efforts to attract more people to careers in law enforcement.

On the federal level, Finegan recommends district attorneys to provide staff so he can name them as Special Assistant US Attorneys to better prosecute gun crimes.

Pueblo Police announced last week the creation of the Directed Investigation Community Engagement (DICE) team in order to address major crime issues while also providing homeless outreach. The team is expected to hit the streets this month.

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