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On Tuesday, December 20, 2022, the El Paso County Coroner’s Office completed the autopsy of the deceased victim, who has been identified as 37-year-old Martin Rodarte, a resident of Colorado Springs.  While the Coroner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death, Mr. Rodarte’s death is being investigated as a homicide.

Mr. Rodarte’s death is the 52nd homicide investigation in the City of Colorado Springs in 2022.  The Colorado Spring Police Department had investigated 43 homicides this time last year.

If you are a witness (that was not interviewed) or otherwise have information regarding this case please call the non-emergency number, 719-444-7000.

Original Blotter Entry

On December 18, 2002, CSPD officers detained an adult male who had attempted to break into CSPD’s Falcon Police Substation. This adult male suspect informed officers that he had shot his roommate and wanted to turn himself in. Officers went to the suspect's nearby apartment and discovered a deceased male at the residence. The Violent Crimes Unit was notified and responded. Their investigation is ongoing. The suspect was arrested for second degree murder and booked into the Criminal Justice Center. Any further information will come from the Public Information Office regarding this case.

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