Suspect in 2019 murder killed shootout with U.S. Marshals

Shooting in Colorado Springs 11/5/19.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - The 19-year-old suspect in a Colorado Springs murder was killed in a shootout with U.S. Marshals in Montana.

Kellen Fortune is accused of shooting 19-year-old Alijah Vialpando in November of last year. Police said Vialpando was shot in a parking lot and crashed while driving away.

"It appears the occupant of that car was in the parking lot of the 2600 block of Briargate Boulevard when there was some sort of disturbance and a shot was fired by an unknown person. That individual inside the vehicle traveled across the roadway and came to rest at the 2700 block of Briargate Boulevard," said Lt. Jim Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Vialpando later died from his injuries.

Detectives began investigating the case as a homicide and over time developed information on a suspect, identified as Fortune. On June 12, detectives obtained a warrant for the suspect and tracked him to Billings, Montana.

On June 18, the United States Marshals Montana Violent Offender Task Force located Fortune. While trading gunfire, Fortune was hit and killed. No marshals were hurt.

The Colorado Springs Police Department said they had no additional information regarding the incident.

Fortune had been facing first-degree murder charges.