Homeowner shoots armed suspect in Centennial

Trevor Cecchettini faces multiple charges after Centennial incident

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A Centennial homeowner acting in self-defense shot an armed man who faces multiple charges after an Oct. 3 confrontation, according to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office.

Trevor Cecchettini, 43, of Denver, was arrested on suspicion of illegal discharge of a firearm, felony menacing and offenses relating to marijuana. He was treated at a local hospital for a non-lifethreatening gunshot wound, then released into the custody of the sheriff’s office. He was being held at the Arapahoe County jail on $25,000 bond as of Oct. 4.

The homeowner, whose name has not been released, will not face charges, a sheriff’s office spokeswoman said.

The incident that led to Cecchettini’s arrest occurred at about 8 a.m. Oct. 3.

Deputies were called to a home in the 14700 block of E. Aberdeen Ave. on a report of criminal mischief, the sheriff’s office stated in a news release.

The homeowner told deputies a man, identified as Cecchettini, was stabbing the tires on a boat trailer parked in his driveway, while claiming he “owned the street.” The homeowner said he went outside to confront the man, who then charged at him, prompting the homeowner to go back inside and retrieve a gun.

Cecchettini, armed with a handgun and knife, attempted to break into the home, the news release states. The homeowner then fired two rounds through the door at Cecchettini, striking him at least once. Cecchettini fired shots back at the homeowner, who was not struck, according to the release.

Cecchettini then fled the area before being stopped by a deputy in the 15000 block of E. Orchard Road, the sheriff’s office said.

At the crime scene, investigators reported finding about two pounds of marijuana that they believe the suspect brought to the area. Deputies also say they found a gun and a knife and discovered knife damage to the boat trailer’s tires.

Investigators do not believe there was any prior connection between the victim and the suspect and believe it was a random incident.  

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