1 killed in shooting in Trinidad hotel room

Published: Feb. 21, 2021 at 11:47 AM MST
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TRINIDAD, Colo. (KKTV) - A man faces murder charges after police say he shot someone at a hotel in Trinidad Saturday night.

According to police, the suspect called 911 from the Downtown Motel just after 9:20 p.m. and told dispatchers another man had tried to stab him. What officers found when they got there was a man shot multiple times in a hotel room. First responders attempted life-saving measures, but the victim died at the scene.

The suspect remained on scene after calling police and was arrested. Law enforcement has identified him as 39-year-old Joseph Kirkland. Kirkland is being held in the Las Animas County jail on a $100,000 bond and is facing charges for second-degree murder.

The victim was identified by police as 31-year-old Tad Trefethen.

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