Brian Garner, shown, is one of three men arrested for an alleged shooting outside a Benihana in Denver in April. (Denver Police Department)

Denver shooting outside Benihana: Pot deal gone bad, court says

Three men have been arrested, charged with attempted murder; victim was shot four times after a botched drug buy

A southeast Denver shooting last month outside a Benihana restaurant that left a man critically wounded happened during a botched marijuana sale, according to court papers.

The victim, who was shot four times, told investigators he had met with his attackers to buy pot when they tried to rob him, an arrest warrant for one of the suspects in the case said.

Three men were arrested this week in the April 21 shooting on the 3200 block of S. Tamarac Drive and each face an attempted murder charge.

Keason White-Johnson, 18, and Brian Garner, 19, were taken into custody Wednesday night in Highlands Ranch by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team.

Melvin Lawrence, 23, was arrested Monday in Denver.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, the men are also suspected of first-degree assault and attempted aggravated robbery.

Further details in the case have not been released and an arrest warrant for the trio was heavily redacted.

Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@denverpost.com or @JesseAPaul

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