A handcuffed suspect shot an officer in the neck as he exited a police vehicle to enter a detention center, Denver police said.
Officers pursued the suspect, believing he was driving a stolen vehicle. The suspect was able to elude officers for a bit, and began walking away from the vehicle when he was detained.
When officers confirmed the vehicle was stolen, they recovered a handgun and “large quantity of suspected narcotics” while taking him into custody.
During attempted removal of the suspect from the police vehicle at the downtown detention center, police say the suspect accessed another weapon that must have been concealed on him, and fired one round, striking an officer in the neck.
Officers returned fire, striking the suspect multiple times.
Both the suspect and officer were taken to the hospital. The suspect was listed in critical condition, while the officer is expected to make a recovery.
A deadly shooting spree across multiple locations in Denver and Lakewood ended on Monday night when the suspect was shot and killed on the streets of Lakewood’s busy Belmar shopping district, officials say.
The suspect is believed to have killed four people and wounded at least three others including a Lakewood police officer who required surgery Monday night, according to John Romero, a Lakewood Police Department spokesman. Romero’s comments about the violence came at a news conference Monday night held just across the street from Belmar, which Lakewood bills as its downtown.
Romero was joined by Denver police Chief Paul Pazen who referred to events of the night as a “killing spree.” The investigation is ongoing but the two police departments believe one unidentified man is to blame.
“We believe this individual was responsible for this very violent series of events that took place in the Denver-metro area,” Pazen said.
Pazen laid out the following summary of events, which he says started around 5 p.m. Monday:
The suspect shot and killed two women and wounded a man near the intersection of East First Avenue and Broadway.
A short time later, the suspect shot and killed a man in the area of East 12th Avenue and Williams Street in Denver’s Cheesman Park neighborhood.
The suspect fired shots near the intersection of West Sixth Avenue and Cherokee Street. No one is believed to have been injured in this shooting near the Denver Health hospital campus.
Denver police spotted what they believed to be the suspect’s vehicle near Eighth Avenue and Zuni Street and tried to pull him over. The suspect exchanged gunfire with officers and a Denver police vehicle was disabled.
From there, it is believed the suspect drove to Lakewood. Police in that city got a call about a shooting inside a business in the 1500 block of Kipling Street near the intersection of Kipling and West Colfax Avenue, Romero said. The victim there died.
Romero said Lakewood police spotted the suspect’s vehicle and tried to make a stop near the Belmar district. The suspect fired at officers who shot back.
The suspect eluded police and then fled on foot, Romero said. He went into two businesses including the Hyatt hotel near the corner of South Vance Street and West Alaska Drive where he shot a clerk, according to Romero. The extent of that person’s injuries was not immediately available Monday night.
Shortly after that, the suspect encountered a Lakewood officer and shot the officer. As of Monday’s evening news conference, that officer was still in surgery, Romero said.
“We just ask everyone in our community for their thoughts and prayers for that agent and their family,” Romero said.