Beth McCann

District Attorney

Second Judical District

201 W, Colfax Ave, Dept. 801
Denver, CO 80202


News Release

December 18, 2019 Contact: Carolyn Tyler, Communications Director,, 720-913-9025

District Attorney McCann Issues Officer-Involved Shooting Letter

DENVER—The legal review of the officer-involved shooting that occurred on July 1, 2019, in the 1000 block of Lincoln Street is complete. A copy of the decision letter from Denver District Attorney Beth McCann to Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen is available for review along with the investigation protocol. District Attorney McCann concluded that the shooting death of Christopher Barela was legally justified for the reasons outlined in the letter.

DA McCann will hold a community meeting to discuss this incident on Monday, January 6, 2020, from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the Carla Madison Recreation Center, 2401 E. Colfax Avenue in Denver.  The public is invited to come learn about the findings and ask questions.