The confounding death of Mark Daniel Davis is now being referred to as an ambush and murder, authorities said at a Feb. 4 news conference.
“It's a senseless murder,” Investigator Kal Gatchis said at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office in Centennial, where she took questions about the 48-year-old disabled man's death.
Davis was found near the Centennial East Apartments in the 14400 block of East Fremont Avenue in unincorporated Arapahoe County Jan. 18, according to the county coroner's office. He died of multiple gunshot wounds around 5:30 a.m., according to the sheriff's office.
Authorities have exhausted their leads and have no suspects, Gatchis said.
“It's shocking, very shocking,” Gatchis said. “We've literally put all our resources into this.”
The father of six, a quiet man who walked with a cane, appears to have had “no enemies,” and nothing leads authorities to believe anyone “had it out for him” or that more than one person was involved, Gatchis said.
He lived with some family members at the apartments and appears to have been walking to a bus stop at the time of the incident, Gatchis said. Davis was unemployed and on disability assistance, and the incident is not believed to be a robbery, she added.
Authorities have canvassed surrounding businesses, a field to the north of the apartment complex and “a large majority” of buildings at the complex, interviewing residents, Gatchis said.
Davis does not have a “significant” criminal history, Gatchis said.
At about 7:10 a.m. Jan. 18, sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an unresponsive man lying on the ground in front of an apartment building, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies initially responded to the area at about 5:45 a.m. to a report of gunshots, Gatchis said, but didn't find Davis at that time.
The sheriff's office has placed an increased presence of deputies in the area, but it does not believe there's an active threat, Gatchis said.
The apartments sit in the area of East Arapahoe and South Jordan roads, just outside the city limits.
Anyone with information about Davis' death or activity in the area that morning is asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or the sheriff's tip line at 720-874-8477, a news release said. There is up to a $2,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest and conviction of the shooter.
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