Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Denver Field Division

10/15/2021 | Press release | Archived content

Denver Jury Convicts Felon for Possessing Ammunition After Deadly Shootout

DENVER - The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado announces that a federal jury in Denver has found Zyaire Williams, age 21, guilty of possession of ammunition by a prohibited person. The jury announced its verdict on October 14, 2021. Trial began in federal court on October 12, 2021.

At trial, the government presented evidence that on July 1, 2020, a deadly gang shoot-out took place on Downing Street in downtown Denver, after an argument in a liquor store. Zyaire Williams, a gang member, fired seven rounds from a 9mm handgun, and the shell casings were later recovered by the Denver Police Department. One person was injured and another person was killed in the shooting. Prior to this shooting, Williams had two previous felony convictions and therefore was prohibited from possessing ammunition.

Williams will be sentenced by the United States District Court for the District of Colorado at a later date. Williams faces up to ten years imprisonment.

The ATF and the Denver Police Department investigated this matter. Assistant United States Attorneys Celeste Rangel and Tom Minser are handling the prosecution.