COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Commerce City have arrested a police officer for false reporting in connection with a shooting the occurred on Sunday.
Police said Officer Kevin Lord made a false report in regards to his being shot by a man during what he claimed was a traffic stop in Commerce City.
Lord has been arrested on suspicion of attempt to influence a public official, a felony, and false reporting, a misdemeanor. He was arrested about 8:15 p.m. Friday and booked into the Adams County Detention Center.
Earlier this week, police released a suspect sketch and $20,000 reward in the search for the gunman.
Police said there is no armed gunman on the loose or any police officers in danger.
“The community can take comfort in that there is no longer a suspected gunman targeting law enforcement officials,” said 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young.
Lord was placed on administrative leave on Sunday and his status remained the same on Friday.
“The Commerce City Police Department holds our officers to the highest standard and expect nothing but unquestionable integrity. It is for that reason that I am disappointed to learn that one of our own officers is accused of violating that trust,” said Commerce City Police Chief Police Troy Smith.
Investigators initially said Lord made contact with the man who was parked on the side of the road and was standing next to the man’s SUV when he was shot in the chest. It happened near East 96th Avenue on Peoria Street.