DENVER (CBS4)– A Denver deputy sheriff was shot Wednesday morning. The deputy was in fair condition with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was shot and killed.
The shooting happened at 305 Park Avenue West, in the area of Tremont and Park Avenue West, at 9:35 a.m. while two deputy sheriffs were executing a felony arrest warrant.
When they arrived investigators said the woman fired at the deputies and struck one of them in the hand. The other deputy returned fire and killed the suspect.
“The female suspect came out, produced a weapon and shot the deputy in the hand,” said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
“We heard the gunshots from two different types of firearms,” said witness Jay Paul Apodaca. “One larger caliber than several others after.”
The identity of the deputy shot has not been released. The Denver Sheriff’s Department is not releasing the identity of the other deputy involved.
“They had a tan vest on. They came out and cut it off with a knife, his vest. He was being held by 10 officers holding him up making sure he was alright,” said Apodaca.
“I just heard four or five gunshots,” said witness Angel, who didn’t want to provide a last name. “I hope everyone is alright.”
Two children in the vicinity of the apartment were taken to the hospital as a precaution. Their relation to the suspect has not been released but neighbors believe the 1-year-old and 5-year-old are the suspect’s children.
“Shortly after they brought the deputy out they brought the little girl. It was obvious she was shaken up, she was the first voice crying out of that particular space. I could hear her crying,” said Apodaca.
Witnesses said they could hear the children crying and were visibly shaken up as the suspect was taken out of the crime scene near the apartment.
The case is similar to the shooting of a process server back in 2008. That’s when a process server died after trying to serve divorce papers to a man in Larimer County.