DENVER (CBS4) – Three Denver police officers were hurt, one apparently seriously, during an arrest attempt early Wednesday afternoon that ended up with the suspect being killed.
Officers were serving a warrant for a wanted party at a home on the 2600 block of West Bates Avenue just after noon. Residents of the home allowed police into the home and said the suspect was in a back room.
Denver Police Chief Robert White said the suspect escaped out of a window and police tried to capture him in the street.
“As the officer approached that particular part of the house, the individual fled out of the house, I believe he ran out of the rear window, officers gave pursuit and a confrontation occurred in the middle of the block, the 2600 block of West Bates. At that particular time, the individual was fighting with one of the officers over his particular service weapon, several shots were fired and the individual was struck,” said White.
The suspect then apparently tried to get an officer’s service weapon and shots were fired.
The suspect was killed in the shooting and the police officers who were hurt wound up with various injuries. They were all taken to the hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening.
West Bates Avenue was closed from South Decatur Street to South Bryant Street while police investigated the incident.
A neighbor who lives next to the home that the suspect was in told CBS4 police asked to enter his home to set up a perimeter. The neighbor said police told him the suspect had five felony warrants. Police set up the perimeter because the suspect had previously fled from police.
The suspect’s name hasn’t been released.