Denver Police Kill Suspected Home Invader

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police shot and killed a home invasion and assault suspect Saturday morning after a short pursuit that left the suspect’s Jeep crushed against a tree.

Detectives said the man was wanted for forcing his way into a home, assaulting a woman and stealing a Jeep. The shooting and crash happened at 22nd and Downing where the chase ended, but police were called to a different location first.

The chase took place in about three minutes and over eight blocks. It started at High Street and 30th Avenue. Witnesses said speeds looked to be as high as 70 miles per hour.

Officers were given permission to take extreme measures to stop the suspect in the stolen Jeep.

Police said a woman who lives in the house was threatened by a man with a gun. Neighbors said he was disguised as a salesperson, and that’s why she let him in.

Police haven’t yet released great detail about what happened inside, but neighbors called 911 after hearing shots fired and after seeing the woman run out of her house screaming for help.

“All I heard was a gunshot about 45 minutes earlier, then she came out in the street hollering form help,” neighbor Michael Wattley said. “One side of her face had all kinds of blood coming down.”

“One of the calls stated that the woman was nude and bleeding from the face,” Lt. Matt Murray with Denver police said.

The woman’s Jeep was then stolen. Police asked Colorado State Patrol for help and they used an aircraft to search for a LoJack signal. It’s a device that helps police locate stolen cars. They found it right away and confronted the man in the Jeep.

Daniel Ericksen was standing on Downing Street when he saw the Jeep come barreling down the street. Police performed a pit maneuver. The Jeep spun around and hit a tree, knocking it down, but the suspect continued to try to get away from police.

“The suspect fled and officers were given permission to use extreme measures to stop the pursuit, which they did,” Murray said. “Two officers fired weapons. Pursuits are so dangerous to the public. Saturday morning, people are out walking their dogs, this vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed.”

The suspect  is described as a Hispanic male with tattoos on his arm.

Neighbors told CBS4 the victim’s roommate was tied up during the robbery.

22nd downing shooting map Denver Police Kill Suspected Home Invader

(credit: CBS)

Comments

One Comment

  1. SomethingToThinkAbout says:

    Please CBS4 do some research. Paragraph #3 does not make any sense. Other media outlets are reporting that the suspect was armed when he committed the home invasion robbery.

    No matter what CBS4 wants the public to believe police officers do not shoot people with out there being an threat present. Please people utilize some common sense.

    This is a tragic situation for not only the home invasion victims, the involved police officers, and even the suspect’s family. We all must remember that there are consequences for every action or decision we make. This suspect made a decision to commit a VIOLENT crime wihout thinking about these consequences.

    Understand that all the people involved must live with this situation for the rest of their lives. Please think about this before posting any mean and inconsiderate thoughts about any of the parties involved.

  2. J.Q. Public says:

    Think there was a “Virgen De Guadalupe” on his chest? All B e a n e r s have those too.

    1. not you says:

      Why does it turn to a race thing? How about this is a PERSON doing bad things, probably getting what he wants. I wounder if you would have posted such ignorance if this was a white man commiting a crime. Get off your judgement horse and gain some knowledge before you decide to spew just ignorance.

    2. not you says:

      Why does it turn to a race thing? How about this is a PERSON doing bad things, probably getting what he wants. I wounder if you would have posted such ignorance if this was a white man commiting a crime. Get off your judgement horse and gain some knowledge before you decide to spew SUCH ignorance.

  3. Jesse Jackson says:

    No “Dream act” or instate tuition for this one.

  4. denvervet says:

    You bigots above need to learn how to spell, and also some english grammar lessons would be in order, shows your ignorance. LOLOLOL.

  5. not you says:

    Why does it turn to a race thing? How about this is a PERSON doing bad things, probably getting what he wants. I wounder if you would have posted such ignorance if this was a white man commiting a crime. Get off your judgement horse and gain some knowledge before you decide to spew SUCH ignorance.

    Anyone think this one worked at one of Hickenlooper`s restaurants at one time?

    @ Nobody is thinking like you, except for maybe your little prejudice buddies that are obviously less then informed.

    I’m not sure why you prejudice people think you are any better then this person who decided to commit this crime. How do you know he is a Mojado? You must know this person to make such assumptions.

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