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Aug 17, 2013 10:07 AM by Jeff Langan

Denver man shot after firing at propane tank

DENVER (AP) - A man suspected of killing a woman and wounding another is in critical condition after he fired a gunshot at a propane tank was shot by police in Denver.

Authorities said Daniel Abeyta, 31, was shot in the chest Friday by an officer responding to a report of a shooting in the Harvey Park neighborhood. A woman was later found dead in a nearby home, and a second woman was found wounded in another home, Police Chief Robert White said.

Police said Abeyta was in critical condition but was being held for investigation of charges, including murder.

The surviving woman was in serious condition.

The identities of the women were not immediately released, and no motive was evident.

White said the man had two or three propane tanks with gunpowder on top and had placed them in the middle of the street. He said the man fired at one of them and it "activated," but no one was injured.

Before he was shot, the man was seen walking with his weapons. Police alerted residents to stay inside and a high school was put on lockdown. Abeyta was shot within about a half hour of that warning.

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