El Paso County Crime

Arrest made in Vermijo Avenue homicide case

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Colorado Springs Police Department says a man who was shot to death on Vermijo Avenue last week is the city's 10th homicide victim of the year. There had been zero homicides in the city at this time last year. 

Police responded to a report of shots fired at around 3 a.m. April 12 in the 800 block of E. Vermijo Avenue. When officers arrived, they found the shooting victim lying outside of a home. He was already dead.

Police confirm the victim was Alton Kelly, 25.

23-year-old DeAndre Vonte Smith was arrested and is charged with first-degree murder, according to police.

Kelly's brother, Noel King, told KRDO NewsChannel 13 his brother's life had been threatened before. "Two years ago his car was shot up and God spared his life then and I guess they felt like they needed to come and finish the job.", he said.

If you have any information, you should call 719-444-7000 or 719-634-STOP (7867).

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