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Stabbing death in La Junta under investigation


The La Junta Police Department, with assistance from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, continues to investigate a stabbing that left one man dead.

Last Friday, around 6:30 a.m., the La Junta Police Department received a 911 call about a man lying in the street at the intersection of 9th Street and Santa Fe Avenue. The victim was transported to the Arkansas Regional Valley Medical Center in La Junta where he later died.

The Otero County Coroner notified next of kin and identified the victim as Charles Shane Cheatham, 47, of La Junta.

According to investigators, the El Paso County Coroner conducted the autopsy and ruled the victim’s death as a homicide.

It’s believed the victim was stabbed at his home, located in the 600 block of Colorado Avenue in La Junta. He left the home, and was contacted by a person on the street.

No arrests have been made.

Officials say there is no threat to the community.