DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver said one suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting outside a Ramada Plaza hotel.
The shooting happened at the Ramada Plaza Denver Central located at 48th and Bannock just before 2 p.m. when a Colorado State Patrol officer shot the suspect.
Police confirmed the suspect died at the hospital just before 2:30 p.m.
Police said the trooper was investigating a car theft when the suspect tried to run away. That’s when the suspect pulled a gun and the undercover trooper fired at him, hitting him in the chest.
“He produced a weapon, the officer fired at that time, striking him. The suspect was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead,” said Denver Police spokesman Sonny Jackson.
Copter4 flew over the scene as officers took three males into custody and questioned them. All three men were handcuffed but officers said they were not involved and all were released.
“As soon as I came around the corner I saw a red mustang parked in the middle of the road with white stripes and two or three people fighting in the road,” said witness Anthony Sisneroz. “They were trying to get the white male down on the ground and I didn’t know if I should stop since I didn’t want to block traffic so I pulled slowly by to see why they were fighting to see if I should stop. I looked back and I saw somebody pull something from their hip and all I heard was a ‘Boom!'”
Before the shooting the car theft investigation was in the jurisdiction of the Colorado State Patrol but after the shooting it became a case for the Denver Police Department.
Police have not released the name of the suspect or the trooper involved. The state trooper who shot and killed the suspect is a seasoned veteran of the force. He has been placed on administrative leave as per policy of the Colorado State Patrol.