2 Colorado police officers shot, investigation underway in Denver
DENVER (KKTV) - Two officers were injured in a shootout with a carjacking suspect Monday.
Both officers are from the Aurora Police Department and are expected to survive.
According to Denver police, the officers were part of a multi-agency task force tracking several robbery suspects.
“They followed them to about 47th and Andes, where they attempted to make contact,” said Denver Division Chief of Patrol Ron Thomas in a media briefing Monday night. “At that location, one of the suspects ran in the parking lot here [Redstone Ranch Apartments a few blocks away] and attempted to forcibly take a vehicle from two citizens who were inside that vehicle.”
The officers tried to stop the suspect and exchanged gunfire, Thomas said.
“Two Aurora officers were shot, the suspect was hit by gunfire as well.”
The suspect shot multiple times and was last listed in critical condition. The Aurora Police Department would not release any information on the officers’ injuries other than they were not life-threatening.
“Luckily, our officers are doing OK. We expect them to make full recoveries,” said Officer Matthew Longshore with the Aurora Police Department.
Thomas said prior to the shooting, officers attempted a maneuver to stop the carjacking.
“There was an attempt to intercept that vehicle from being driven away, and that’s when the gunshots were exchanged as I understand.”
Sister station CBS Denver reports the driver’s side of the smaller vehicle was riddled with bullet holes, and a gun could be seen lying on the pavement nearby.
Thomas wouldn’t speak to the specifics leading up to the shooting, stating the incident remained under investigation.
“I can tell you shooting into a vehicle is against our policy in most cases. There are certainly some exceptions, when someone’s in grave danger.”
The suspects had been wanted in a number of convenience store holdups and other robberies in the Denver metro.
“There’s been an operation in place for a while to contact them and apprehend these suspects,” Thomas said.
Thomas said that while the task force was tracking multiple suspects Monday, only the one was involved in the shooting that injured the officers.
As more information is shared this article will be updated.
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