DENVER (CBS4)– Denver’s Police Chief said that it’s “…not a good day” after two people were shot and killed by police officers in separate shootings on Wednesday.
The first officer-involved shooting happened about 2:45 p.m. at Overland Pond Park. The second officer-involved shooting was nine miles away and three hours later outside a funeral home on 47th and Tejon.
Denver Police Chief Robert White issued a statement offering his sympathies to those in mourning during a news conference Friday morning. He also detailed the events leading up to each shooting.
In the shooting at Overland Pond Park, and undercover officer was making contact during a drug deal when the suspect showed his gun as uniformed officers moved in to make an arrest.
“He had it concealed at one point and he produced it at which point one of the officers fired several shots,” said White.
Three hours later at a funeral home on Denver’s north side, White said a young man wanted by the fugitive squad for stealing cars backed into a parking spot.
“The officers had two cars that just sort of vee’d, prohibiting him from coming forward,” said White.
The suspect eventually went over the curb in reverse, struck an officer, struck her police cruiser. It was at that time officers fired about 12 shots at the suspect.
“And then he continued to come forward back towards the two cars that had pinned him in and two other officers fired shots at that particular time,” said White.
Seconds later the suspect was dead. He did not have a gun but the chief said the stolen car being used to ram the officers’ cars was being used as a deadly weapon and threatened the lives of the officers.
“Two individuals, while they contributed to it, two individuals lost their lives. That’s not a good day as far as I’m concerned,” said White.
The names of the two men killed were released by the coroner. The suspect killed near the funeral home was Ryan Ronquillo, 21. The other man killed at Overland Pond Park was Joseph Valverde, 32.