Attorney: 2 suspects were not aggressors in Steamboat fight

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The attorney for two men considered suspects in the death of Sgt. 1st Class Richard Lopez said Wednesday that Lopez and his friends were the aggressors in the fatal confrontation earlier this month.

Steamboat Springs attorney Charles Feldmann identified his clients only as "Eddie" and "David," two Florida brothers in their early 20s. The two were unaware Lopez had been injured when they took off running from the fight just after midnight Jan. 2 and left downtown in a taxi with their wife and girlfriend, Feldmann said.

"They didn't know he was injured at all. They were shocked and horrified when they found out what happened to him," Feldmann said. "They absolutely never saw him hit his head."

Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Gerard Geis said Jan. 2 that people were seen fleeing the scene at Seventh Street and Lincoln Avenue when officers arrived to respond to multiple 911 calls.

Police also said Lopez was unconscious in the street when they arrived on scene.

Charges have not been filed against the suspects. The Steamboat Springs Police Department continues to investigate Lopez's death as a homicide.

Lopez, 37, passed away Jan. 5 at a Denver hospital, three days after the fight.

"The family, my clients are just very traumatized by what happened to them in Steamboat Springs," Feldmann said. "They're devastated that somebody of such a caliber as Sgt. Lopez was hurt in any way, let alone passed away later. They're just devastated."

The two suspects were vacationing in Steamboat Springs during the New Year's holiday with family and friends, Feldmann said. The brothers went to The Tap House on the night of Jan. 1, along with Eddie's wife and David's girlfriend.

Police have said the two men got into an argument with Lopez and two of his friends, Timothy and Wesley Mottlau, over song selections on the jukebox.

Lopez was vacationing with his son and the Mottlaus, who originally are from Steamboat.

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