Bar Fight Leads To Deadly Shootout With Arvada Police

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Police in Arvada investigated a deadly shooting that began as a bar fight early Saturday morning. (credit: CBS)

Police in Arvada investigated a deadly shooting that began as a bar fight early Saturday morning. (credit: CBS)

ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)- Police in Arvada are investigating a shooting death that started as a fight at a bar early Saturday morning.

Police took one man into custody and found another man dead inside a car after several chases and a fight at a bar.

According to police, an argument broke out at The Hoffbrau Bar and Grill at 88th Avenue and Wadsworth Blvd. in Westminster around closing time.

One group said they were driving along West 80th Avenue when they noticed two men in an Audi following them when shots were fired from that car.

Police were called out and officers saw the car but didn’t pursue the suspects.

When officers saw the car the second time they did pursue the suspects for a few miles but the suspects were able to shake off the police.

Police caught up with the Audi a third time a little while later when the suspects tried to crash into two police cruisers that had tried to keep the suspects from getting away.

Officers started shooting at the suspects but they were able to drive away.

“When they turned around they drove towards one of our officers trying to block the intersection with his vehicle and two of our officers opened fire on them,” Jill McGranahan with Arvada police said.

Less than an hour later police found the Audi with its windows shot out. That’s where officers arrested the driver. The passenger was dead but it’s unclear if he took his own life or if he died from officer gunfire.

“This is definitely normally a quiet, country kind of area, and we don’t have this type of thing happen around here,” witness Dolores Mills said.

Police are not releasing the suspects’ names. Both officers involved were placed on paid administrative leave until the investigation is finished.

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