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Argument Over Tyson-Holyfield Fight Leads To Shooting; Son Sought

November 12, 1996

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ A man was shot to death when he tried to calm down his son after Mike Tyson lost his heavyweight title, police said.

Police arrested the victim’s son, Keith H. Lewis, 21, Monday night in a Colorado Springs motel.

Howard Gomes, 42, died early Sunday at Memorial Hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest, authorities said.

Police said witnesses reported he was trying to stop his son from starting a fight with another man. The witnesses said Lewis was angry that Tyson lost his heavyweight title to Evander Holyfield, according to police.

Gomes and his brother, Joseph, had invited friends to their home Saturday night to watch the heavyweight fight on pay-per-view television.

When Tyson lost, a guest made a teasing remark about Tyson’s defeat. Lewis became outraged and started an argument with the man, police said witnesses reported.

Joseph Gomes said his brother intervened and told his son to go upstairs and cool down. He said Lewis went upstairs and his father followed, and they began fighting in a hallway.

Joseph Gomes said he took a pistol away from Lewis, and Howard Gomes left the house, walking down the street to regain his composure.

When he returned, Howard Gomes called his son’s mother in Rhode Island, hoping she could calm Lewis. When he tried to put his son on the phone, the line was accidentally disconnected, which enraged Lewis, according to Joseph Gomes.

That is when the shooting started, said Joseph Gomes.

``The first bullet hit the wall in the kitchen. The second hit Howard in his left side,″ he said. He said a third bullet struck Howard Gomes in the chest.

Lewis fled the house, and police recovered his vehicle Sunday.

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