DENVER (CBS4) – Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has ruled that the fatal shooting of a suspect in a police standoff is justified.

The standoff began when police received a call at 5:30 p.m. about shots fired on South Alcott Street near West Dakota Avenue on Nov. 22, 2014.


The suspect, Miguel Martinez, 28, who was wanted for a warrant in a robbery case, had injured himself with non-life threatening injures.

Police tried negotiating with Martinez for hours before calling in a SWAT team just before 11 p.m.

An exchange of gunfire ensued, and once the scene was secure paramedics went into the home. Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Our negotiators were in contact with the suspect for several hours and during the course of those negotiations a decision was made to use tactical resources,” Denver police spokesman Doug Schepman said at the time.

Neighbors told CBS4 they heard many gunshots.

“And then maybe 15 or 20 minutes later we heard a bunch of repeated fire going through. And then another few minutes later we heard some more,” Bernadette Castellano told CBS4.

Two officers, Frederick Jones and Jesse Rembert, fired the fatal shots, and were put on administrative leave as standard protocol.

LINK: Read The Ruling


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