DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police officers shot and killed a robbery suspect early Tuesday afternoon near 14th Avenue and Krameria Street.
At least 14 shots were fired at the scene, which first came in as an emergency call shortly after noon about a robbery at a cell phone store.
After officers arrived the suspect tried to steal a Jeep that was sitting in the parking lot outside a 7-Eleven at the intersection, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson told CBS4. That’s when he allegedly pointed his weapon at officers and fired at them.
“Officers responded here, contacted at least two suspects who appeared to be armed. At that point in time they got into a shooting with one suspect; one was shot,” Jackson said.
A window of the 7-Eleven was shattered during the shooting. At least 14 bullet casings were found in the parking lot.
“I saw a suspect running across the parking lot and then I saw cops stroll in through, about four or five of them, they pulled out their assault rifles and started blasting away and he was shooting back,” a witness said.
Police said one other suspect was caught nearby. Another suspect is still possibly on the loose. Police believe one of the suspects threw a gun on the nearby roof. Fire trucks were brought in to search for the weapon.
The owner of the Jeep that was nearly stolen was nearly hit by gunfire. An officer said the suspect pointed a gun at the driver of the Jeep and told him to drive. That’s when police opened fire and hit the suspect.
The suspect died at the hospital.
Police told CBS4’s Andrea Lopez that two of the suspects had warrants out for murder. They haven’t released where they are wanted for murder.