Update on La Junta Stabbing Death

(the following is a news release we obtained through the La Junta Police Department written by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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


On Friday, August 12, 2022, at approximately 6:30 a.m., the La Junta Police Department received a 911 call of a man lying in the street at the intersection of 9 th 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 the next of kin and named the victim as Charles Shane Cheatham (age 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 in his residence located in the 600 block of Colorado Avenue in La Junta, left the residence, and was contacted by a citizen on the street.

There have been no arrests made in this case. Based on the initial investigation, there is no threat to the community at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the La Junta Police Department at (719) 384-2525.

Updates will be released as they become available.

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