Man sentenced for attempted murder a Colorado police officer

Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez. Photo courtesy Denver DA
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DENVER (KKTV) - A man was found guilty of attempting to murder a Colorado police officer, among other charges. He was sentenced to a 32-year prison sentence on Friday.

In March, Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez guilty of attempted murder in the first-degree for firing multiple gunshots at a Denver Police Department Officer, first-degree assault on a peace officer, retaliation against a witness, and two counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

Venzor-Gonzalez was also the man at the center of an AMBER Alert that was issued in August of 2018. Authorities focused most of their search at that time in the area of Pueblo while the Colorado State Fair was taking place. The child and woman victims in that AMBER Alert were located.

Following the AMBER Alert in November of 2017, police officers were attempting to conduct a traffic stop in Denver. They were reportedly pulling a vehicle over with Venzor-Gonzalez in it near South Stuart Street and West Alameda. The driver tried to escape before crashing the vehicle into a parked car. Venzor-Gonzalez then fled on foot and was chased by an officer. During the foot chase, the Denver District Attorney's Office said Venzor-Gonzalez shot multiple times at the officer who returned fire. No criminal charges were filed against the officer.

Venzor-Gonzalez managed to evade capture for three days after the shooting until law enforcement learned where he was hiding. In attempting to arrest him, law enforcement agents engaged in a multi-hour standoff. Venzor-Gonzalez was ultimately arrested and a search of his Aurora hideout turned up a number of firearms including an AR-15 and a Glock 26 that was later determined to be the gun used to shoot at the officer in the prior traffic incident.

Authorities discovered Venzor-Gonzalez had been hit three times during the shooting and chase with the Denver police officer. He never sought professional medical attention on his own. He was taken into custody after the standoff.

Months later, on March 19, 2018, while being taken to a hospital for treatment Venzor-Gonzalez escaped. He was on the run for months before being caught again. He is expected to be tried separately for his escape charges on July 23.

Venzor-Gonzalez was sentenced as follows:

-Attempted First Degree Murder-Extreme Indifference (F2): 12 years plus five years parole

-First Degree Assault-Threaten Peace Officer with Weapon (F3): 22 years plus five years parole, concurrent to count one

-Witness/Victim-Retaliation (F3): eight years consecutive to counts 1 and 2

-Weapon-Possess/Previous Juvenile Offender-Prior Felony (F6): one year, consecutive to counts 1,2,3

-Weapon-Possess/Previous Juvenile Offender-Prior Felony (F6): one year, consecutive to counts 1,2,3.