ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – A triple murder in Adams County spurred a series of events last week as police are trying to track down the killers.
One suspect was arrested Wednesday, and an Adams County deputy was shot Friday afternoon while trying to arrest another man wanted in the murders.
Friday’s shooting occurred near 39th Avenue and Bryant Street. Officials are not yet saying how the detective was shot, or who pulled the trigger, but Furmen Lee Leyba, 31, who is wanted in the three murders, was arrested shortly after the shooting. A woman was also arrested.
“Officers were attempting to arrest a party that was wanted for homicide,” Cmdr. Matt Murray with Denver police said.
Police scanner traffic indicates confusion about who fired the shots. Thornton police on Saturday confirmed that one of their officers is on paid leave, which is standard procedure when an officer shoots somebody.
John Flight was repairing a home Friday afternoon near 39th and Bryant when shots rang out. He told CBS4 saw the wounded detective with a bandage wrapped around his arm. Police locked down a perimeter as they searched for the suspect.
“I would say about 100 (officers) at least — filled up — filled up two blocks,” Flight said.
Leyba was arrested and charged with murder in connection with Wednesday’s triple homicide. Police captured his alleged accomplice, Gabriel Flores, 41, that same day after a chase in Jefferson County.
On Wednesday deputies found the bodies of three men in a home northeast of Interstate 25 and the Boulder Turnpike.
Authorities are not yet releasing details about a motive for the killings, nor will they say what Leyba was doing at the time of his arrest.
An Adams County spokesperson says Leyba will appear in court early next week.
Authorities are not releasing the identity of the detective wounded by gunfire, but they say he is in fair condition and his injuries are not life threatening.
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