UPDATE: A strip club employee has been arrested on suspicion of reckless manslaughter in the death of a California Indian leader, police said Friday.
Authorities said Bryan Coe surrendered Thursday in connection with the Sept. 1 death of 41-year-old Gabriel Pico of Temecula, Calif., outside the Diamond Cabaret & Steakhouse.
Authorities have said Pico was injured in an altercation with a bouncer at the club. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson declined to say whether Coe was a bouncer or had scuffled with Pico.
DENVER (AP) - The death of a California Indian leader who was injured in an altercation with a Denver strip club bouncer has been ruled a homicide.
The Denver coroner's office said Thursday that 41-year-old Gabriel Pico of Temecula, Calif., died from asphyxia.
Police spokesman Sonny Jackson says officers were waiting for the coroner's report, and no decision has been made on whether to recommend homicide charges.
Police say two employees of the club face second-degree assault charges.
Pico died Sept. 1, two days after the fight.
He was a member of the Tribal Council of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Tribal officials said he was in Denver for events surrounding the Democratic convention but wasn't a delegate.
Early Saturday morning, Aug. 30, he and a companion got into a dispute outside the Diamond Cabaret gentleman's club in downtown Denver over whether they should be allowed in.
According to Medical Examiner Dr. Amy Martin, Pico died because not enough oxygen reached his brain. She said that Pico was being restrained during the altercation as three people reportedly were kicking at him.
During the restraint there appears to have been pressure applied to the neck," she said in the autopsy report.
She said other injuries to the head were superficial, that there were "no significant blunt traumatic injuries to the brain CHOKE HOLD