PUEBLO, Colo. — A suspect has been arrested in connection with a homicide in Pueblo on Monday.

On Monday, May 23, at approximately 4:17 p.m., Pueblo Police were sent to the 1500 block of North
La Crosse Avenue on a reported dead body. Pueblo police arrived to find the body of an adult male in a residential garage, with an apparent gunshot wound. The Pueblo County Coroner later identified the victim as 51-year-old Anthony Ray Valdez.

Pueblo Police Crimes Against Persons detectives determined Valdez’s death was a homicide. The alleged suspect, 36-year-old James Matthew Tafoya, was detained after a foot chase along the Fountain
Creek Tuesday evening.

Tafoya is charged with 1st degree murder, prohibited use of a weapon, vehicular eluding, and obstructing government officials.

This remains an ongoing investigation, if anyone has information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact Pueblo Police dispatch at (719) 553-2502 or Detective Jose Medina at (719) 320-6006.

If you would like to remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers at 719-542-STOP (7867) or
pueblocrimestoppers.com. If your information leads to a felony arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward.