Shootings nearly tripled in Denver this January
Police in Denver say a man who fired at least a couple of shots along a busy street during the morning commute is dead after being shot by police. This list compiles all officer-involved shootings in Colorado since Jan. There have been 59 officer-involved shootings in Colorado in Thirty-seven people have been killed in those shootings. Updated August 4, 1 p. December December 19 — Lakewood police shot and killed an armed man after a fire broke out in a home.
Police were responding to reports of a disturbance in a duplex, according to the police department. A year-old suspect refused to come out or communicate with officers. Officers entered the home when they saw smoke coming out and shots were fired, authorities said.
The fire was extinguished and the man was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Neither the man nor the officer has been identified. December 6 — Police shot and killed year-old Hunter Lowry in Westminster after a chase both in cars and on foot. Lowry allegedly robbed several auto parts stores armed with a knife, officials said.
According to the district attorney's decision letter published in May , Lowry fled from police in a car and crashed, then ran away. Police pursued and tased Lowry but he reached for a gun so the officers fired, killing him. District Attorney Dave Young determined that no charges will be filed against the four police officers from three different departments who fired their weapons.
Officials said a traffic stop at around 8 p. The trooper was not injured. A witness said Walker waved a gun around outside the U-Haul he was driving after the traffic stop, and that when Walker pointed it at the trooper he was shot. The fifth judicial district attorney decided in February that no charges would be filed against Trooper Joel Juenke.
The DA's office said it determined Juenke's actions were justified. December 2 — Fort Lupton police Sgt. Christopher Pelton and suspect Matthew Cotter of Lochbuie were seriously injured in a police shooting late on Dec.
Both are in critical condition. Police responded to a call about someone with a gun trying to get into a home, according to Weld County officials. When they approached the house, a suspect shot at them striking an officer. Police returned fire injuring the suspect. Both were transported by helicopter to the hospital. November November 30 — Officials say the man who died after being contacted by a Loveland Police officer killed himself.
The Larimer County Coroner's Office concluded that year-old David Matthew Harper died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and classified his death as a suicide. The shooting happened after Harper was involved in a rollover crash. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office says he was holding a pistol when the officer arrived and fired, prompting the officer to fire back.
November 29 — One man is dead after a car chase involving an alleged stolen vehicle. Adams County Sheriff's Office deputies attempted to stop the vehicle in the early morning hours near Watkins, Colo. A preliminary investigation found that the driver allegedly fired at deputies several times before the suspect was shot.
The man was identified as Keith Alan Bruce, 40, of Westminster. No deputies were injured. District Attorney Dave Young announced in May that the officer, identified as Deputy Kyle Bacon, was legally justified in using his firearm when he shot Bruce.
November 24 — At least one officer shot and injured a man while responding to a disturbance in Estes Park. A Larimer County Sheriff's deputy and a police officer learned a woman was trapped inside a house where a man was shooting a gun, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's office. When officers arrived at about a. The suspect, later identified as year-old Edward Daniel Seguin, was injured and flown to the hospital for treatment.
Seguin was released from the hospital following treatment is now in police custody. Police said he was booked into the Larimer County Jail. Seguin is being investigated on several charges including possession of a weapon by a previous offender and domestic violence. November 23 — Police officers responding to a domestic disturbance in Pueblo shot and killed a man. Officers could hear the confrontation when they arrived at the residence just after p.
Saturday, according to Pueblo Sgt. Franklyn Ortega. He said officers forced their way into the residence and shot and killed the man. Four officers were placed on paid administrative leave while the case was investigated. The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing in April District Attorney Jeff Chostner determined the officers were justified in their actions by the self-defense and defense of others provisions under Colorado law.
Chostner said Cruz pointed a gun at officers inside the home, and officers responded with gunfire. Investigators later determined Cruz had a nonlethal BB gun, but officers were unable to know that, Chostner said. November 14 — One suspect is dead and another suspect and a police officer are injured after a shooting in Greeley.
Police responded to a call for shots fired from one vehicle at another, according to Weld county officials. When police found the vehicle, two suspects — one man and one woman — got out of the vehicle and shot at officers, officials said. The driver was later identified as year-old Russel Cooley.
The passenger was his girlfriend Maria Lerma. Lerma was shot in the leg by police and Cooley fled into a residence where he was later found dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to police.
A toxicology report found a significant amount of methamphetamine in his system. Crime scene investigators found 55 shots fired from Cooley's firearm. The injured Greeley officer underwent surgery and a bullet was removed from his right arm. He is expected to fully recover. Investigators found 19 bullet holes in his patrol vehicle. Lerma also underwent surgery but her condition is unknown because she stopped cooperating with investigators, authorities said.
The DA also decided not to release the names of the officers in this case. November 11 — A woman is dead and a police officer injured after an officer-involved shooting in Loveland.
According to a police news release, Loveland officers were investigating a possible homicide when a SWAT team entered a residence and encountered a female suspect. Gunfire was exchanged, the woman was struck and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. A male officer sustained minor injuries and was released by paramedics. November 11 — Lakewood Police shot and killed a man Monday during a confrontation.
Police said they were trying to find a year-old suspect with multiple violent felony warrants. An officer confronted the armed suspect when he tried to flee a home through a basement window. The officer then told him to drop his weapon, but the suspect refused, according to police officials. The officer fired several shots, they said. Police said they attempted CPR before the man was taken to the hospital. He was later pronounced dead.
The officer is set to be placed on administrative leave. November 7 — Jefferson County SWAT officers shot a suspect through the front door of a home as they were serving a warrant. The incident was part of organized crime raids happening across the state.
The suspect was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening injury, according to the JeffCo Sheriff's Office. November 1 — Police shot and killed someone in Denver following a hostage situation, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Office.
The fugitive suspect was struck by police gunfire and was killed. October October 27 — Lakewood police shot a man after they say he refused to drop a weapon in a driveway at the Villa Rose Apartments near 6th Avenue and Kipling Street after they responded to a disturbance call. It's unclear what weapon the man had. Police say the man was transported to a nearby hospital. His condition is unknown.
October 21 — A suspect in an attempted carjacking was killed after he stole a police car and took a police rifle from inside the vehicle, according to Denver police. An officer identified the carjacking suspect near 6th Ave. The officer then got out of his car and chased the suspect. Police said the suspect then circled back, got in the police vehicle and drove away.
Police confronted the suspect near I where shots were exchanged. Police hit the man with 15 bullets. The suspect was killed. The man was identified as year-old Adam Martinez. October 20 — An Aurora police officer shot and injured a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Officers said they responded to reports of a knife fight and shots fired in the area.
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This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated. Crime analyst Jeff Asher crunched data across several dozen large metro areas and found the murder rate up more than a third in most of them and considerably more for the majority.
This trend was everywhere. This year is turning our similarly. Drive-by shooting leaves several Aurora families on edge According to Denver Police Department records, shootings and shootings victims this January were nearly triple what they were either of the previous two Januaries. There were eight shooting victims in the month of January , seven in the same month and 19 shooting victims in There were seven incidents where a victim was shot in , six in and 17 in This may be more of a large metro problem than a nationwide problem per se.
Though there is a general increase in violent crime statewide, other Colorado cities are not seeing the same increase in shootings. Lakewood Police Department has only responded to nine shootings this January, which is actually down from previous years. Both in January and , LPD responded to 12 shootings. Aurora was similar in having no rise in shooting victims. Aurora Police Department records have a combined five fatal and nonfatal shooting victims in January , 15 in and ten in Similarly, Colorado Springs appears to have had fewer shootings in January than previous years.
CSPD data analysts do not track shootings the same was as Denver, but public gun crime data shows all gun assaults and gun homicides through the present. Colorado Springs had 15 shootings in January , 15 in January and ten in January Whatever is happening in Denver is keeping pace in other large cities. In Philadelphia, the number of shooting victims in January doubled this year. The number of shootings Portland police have responded to in January has nearly tripled since In South Los Angeles, shootings more than octupled during the first two weeks of January against last year.
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Corbett ultimately was captured, convicted, and sentenced to life in prison. He was released on parole in He took his own life in at the age of The case remains unsolved, although a multitude of theories have been put forth through the years. According to the Boulder County Sheriff and District Attorney, the case remains an open investigation.
The Columbine High School shooting occurred on April 20,at a school located on the outskirts of Denver, near Littleton. The shooters, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, shot and killed 12 students and 1 teacher. Another 21 people were injured by the killers. The duo also placed homemade bombs in different locations in the school.
They failed to detonate. The duo killed themselves at the scene. Aurora Movie Theater Shooting Aurora movie theater shooting victims. On July 20,during a midnight screening of the Dark Knight, a gunman indiscriminately opened fire on the audience at a movie theater in AuroraColorado, a suburban enclave next to Denver. The shooter, James Holmes, killed 12 people. Another dozen people were injured trying to flee the scene.
The shooter was arrested in the parking lot, charged, and convicted of multiple crimes. He was sentenced to life without parole, the location of his incarceration not currently publicly known. Other shocking cases dot Colorado history. These include a man who blew up a commuter plane to kill his mother and a burglary ring made up of 50 Denver police officers.
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The officer involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave according to department policy. April 29 — Two Lakewood police officers shot a man who was allegedly wielding a knife and threatening people. Denver's District Attorney Beth McCann decided July 22 that the shooting was warranted and no criminal charges were filed against the officers. According to the decision letter, the officers responded to reports of a man with a large knife. When officers contacted the suspect, identified as Alfredo Vallejos, 47, he didn't respond to police orders and ran away.
Officers tazed the man. The letter said Tracey Lee then fired four shots and Joshua Guerra fired two. Guerra told investigators he thought Vallejos was going to try to stab Lee. Vallejos was hit with five or six bullets. He was taken to a local hospital where he recovered from his injuries. Vallejos told authorities he was sober at the time of the incident and he hoped police would kill him.
April 27 — Pueblo police shot and killed Daniel Gurule, 31, of Pueblo after he pointed a gun at officers, according to a news release. The shooting occurred at about a. Saturday after a standoff at a house. Police said Gurule fled to the house after a traffic stop Friday night.
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According to police, he had a handgun and refused to leave the house after hours of negotiation. After officers detonated a device similar to a stun grenade, Gurule ran from the house and pointed the handgun at officers. Eight officers opened fire. Gurule died at the scene. April 26 — A Westminster police officer shot and killed a man after responding to reports that someone was acting erratically and throwing rocks outside an apartment complex.
Officer Richard Fletcher said when he arrived, the suspect immediately attacked him, punched him in the face and tried to grab his gun, according to a decision letter from District Attorney Dave Young. The suspect, who was only identified as male, was shot and was pronounced dead at a hospital. Young announced Aug. Young said he was justified to use deadly force to defend himself. April 24 — Colorado Springs police shot and killed a year-old Jonathan Patzel after responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment building on the Hancock Expressway.
Upon arrival, officers observed smoke coming from the suspect's apartment. According to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, when officers contacted the suspect, he brandished a weapon and began moving towards the officers and shots were fired. The fire in the apartment was related to the disturbance call and was human-caused. Patzel was transported to the hospital where he later died. The officers, later identified as Colton Graham and Thomas Walling, were placed on routine administrative leave.
April 10 — Denver police exchanged gunfire with a suspected carjacker and shot him in the shoulder during a chase early in the morning in northeast Denver. The suspect, identified as Anthony Solano Vasquez, 19, shot himself in the temple after a crash as the police officers were about to arrest him, according to the medical examiner.
Two other suspected carjackers were also arrested. The Denver police department said all three suspects were young men, who fled a stolen SUV from Aurora when it crashed. Officers tracked down the three suspects and one of the alleged carjackers turned opened fire, shooting his gun at police — who returned fire — hitting him in the shoulder. No criminal charges were brought against him. Officers Jonathan Bell and Julee Burns encountered the man around p. They said Hensley fired a handgun at the officers during the chase, hitting Officer Bell.
Both officers returned fire and fatally injured Hensley, who died at the scene. Bell underwent surgery at a hospital in Colorado Springs and was still hospitalized as of April The district attorney announced Jan. March March 23 — A man who was shot four times by Mesa County sheriff's deputies on Saturday died by suicide, according to the coroner's office.
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According to authorities, the sheriff's deputies fired multiple times during a confrontation with Boggs, who was holding a shotgun outside the residence when they arrived.
Authorities said Boggs fled back into the residence, where he was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The coroner described the other four gunshot wounds as nonfatal. March 11 — A man shot by Lakewood police died after a chase.
According to police, officers shot the man, identified as year-old Anthony Montoya, after responding to reports of shots at a home near the Sanderson Creek area. Police said Montoya led them on a short chase, during which he was shot.
He crashed a car into several homes and was later pronounced dead at a hospital. March 4 — An Aurora police officer shot and killed a man wielding a machete at an apartment building. A spokesperson said officers responded to reports of a possible hostage situation just before 9 a. An officer shot the suspect, identified by the Adam's County Coroner's Office as Shamikle Jackson, 22, who was transported to a hospital where he later died.
Officers chased a man after responding to the Macy's store there on reports of a shoplifting. Police say the man pulled a gun and that Officers Charles Miller and Andrew Montes fired, killing him. A female suspect, identified as Mercedes Cruz, 27, was later arrested by Lone Tree police. The district attorney announced Oct.
George Brauchler determined the officers acted according to Colorado law and were justified. February 25 — Multiple officers shot and killed David Litton40, in the hallway of an apartment building at 12th water flood in dream islam Galapago in Denver.
Officers responded to a report of a man threatening another with a gun around 10 p. Police say an hour after they responded Litton approached police with what looked like a black handgun. He was then shot.
Litton was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead; no officers were wounded. Denver's District Attorney announced July 2 that no charges would be filed.
The DA said the officers were legally justified. February 12 — Two Denver police officers shot a man they said was involved in a domestic dispute in Montbello.
Police said Juan Sanchez Jimenez, 26, was threatening a woman with a gun when they arrived after receiving a call. Police then shot the man several times. Sanchez Jimenez was hospitalized with several wounds but was expected to live.
One of the officers was also hospitalized with a hearing-related injury from the sound of the gunshots. The officers involved were not immediately identified. February 6 — Early in the morning of Feb. The shooting resulted in the death of Seth Keo Mallard The officer involved in the shooting was uninjured and has not been identified.
A subsequent investigation determined the officer was justified in discharging his weaponaccording to Weld County District Attorney Michael Rourke. February 1 — A Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy shot and killed a male suspect and wounded a female driver.
A federal task force that included U. Marshals and local law enforcement was attempting to contact Martinez who was a passenger in a vehicle. He was wanted on a federal warrant for a probation violation. Police say he failed to comply with orders to surrender. No law enforcement agents were hurt. Denver police officers responded to the incident afterward and will lead the investigation.
The officers were reported to be in fair condition, and other officers used a chemical agent before taking a suspect into custody who had barricaded himself, police said. Firefighters later battled a fire at the house. The suspect, Joseph Quintana, 35, shot and killed himself, the Denver coroner's office ruled. January 23 — A Colorado Springs officer shot and injured an armed manwhom police identified as Thomas McGeorge, 32, after responding to reports of shots fired.
McGeorge was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. After he was released from the hospital, he was arrested on suspicion of two counts of felony menacing, third-degree assault, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Officials identified Max Nevarez and Mathew Waldera as the officers involved in the incident. They have not specified which officer fired the shot that injured McGeorge. He later died.
The grand jury's report did not say why Jenson was chasing another car in rural northern Colorado at more than 90 miles per hour. It said Persichetti shot Jenson when he exited his car at an intersection and came toward her, ignoring commands to stop.
Persichetti told grand jurors she could not see Jenson's left hand and believed he had a gun. Investigators later found he was unarmed. Grand jurors said in the report that they did not find probable cause of a crime.
January 16 — Shawn Joseph Billinger, 46, died after he was fatally shot by a Fort Lupton police officer responding to a disturbance call.
The officer, identified as Zachary Helbig, was charged with one count of manslaughter in April The Class 4 felony could get him up to six years in prison if he is convicted. The trial began Feb. Rourke said the jury will have to decide if Helbig acted appropriately in his decision to shoot Billinger. Rourke said Billinger was, "a man in crisis. Police said they were trying to apprehend the two occupants of a stolen vehicle in the parking garage when Tolin tried to run over three officers with the car as she fled.
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Authorities said two officers fired their weapons. Tolin was seriously wounded and the passenger was arrested. She was later charged in Arapahoe County District Court with 12 felonies, including two counts of first-degree attempted murder. No charges were filed against them. District Attorney George Brauchler announced Aug. Brauchler said the officers acted in self-defense. Aurora police were responding to a report of an armed individual holding another person in the home, according to Brauchler's decision letter.
Police told investigators Trimble was armed with two handguns and wearing body armor. He pointed his guns at the officers and opened fire, killing the other man, identified as Dean Heerdt, 58, Brauchler said. January 14 — A Frisco police officer shot and injured Derek Baker33, of Loveland, after responding to a report of a disturbance at Whole Foods. Shots were fired when Martinez drove the vehicle toward officers.
Martinez was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. She was later arrested on a warrant for second-degree assault on a peace officer, four counts of vehicular eluding and a restraining order violation. She was booked into the Pueblo County Jail.
January 12 — Colorado Springs Police fatally shot a manBill Akes, 48, during a struggle after contacting Akes as he sat in a suspected stolen vehicle in an apartment complex. Police identified Brock Lofgren as the officer involved in the incident. January 12 — A suspect shot by Fort Collins police died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Crime analyst Jeff Asher crunched data across several dozen large metro areas and found the murder rate up more than a third in most of them and considerably more for the majority. This trend was everywhere.
This year is turning our similarly. Drive-by shooting leaves several Aurora families on edge According to Denver Police Department records, shootings and shootings victims this January were nearly triple what they were either of the previous two Januaries.
There were eight shooting victims in the month of Januaryseven in the same month and 19 shooting victims in