Denver DA declines to file charges in shooting death of 19-year-old

The Denver District Attorney’s Office declined to charge a person in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Saturday night after determining that it was in self defense.

“We did not believe we could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt after the evidence showed the suspect was acting in self-defense.  Therefore, we refused it for filing,” Carolyn A. Tyler, Denver District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman, said.

Abenezer Zenebe was shot around 7 p.m. Saturday in the 15500 block of East 53rd Avenue, according to a news release by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner. Zenebe suffered multiple gunshot wounds, the news release said.

The shooter’s identity has not been released.

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Denver police had presented the case to the district attorney’s office for possible charges but the case was declined, Denver police spokesman Doug Schepman said Thursday.