DENVER (CBS4) – Denver police have a large presence near 6th Avenue and Santa Fe Drive. Two police officers were shot and were taken to the hospital.

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Officials say their prognoses are good. Officials say the cause of the injuries is still under investigation. Officials say officers first responded to a call of shots fired at around 11:30 a.m.

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Officials say the officers found a shell casing on the road, and then were fired upon. The two male officers were pulled to safety by other officers. One of those officers was veteran officer, another was an officer who just joined the force.

A SWAT team member was hurt in a separate vehicle crash.

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“Thankfully they were brought here to Denver Health Medical Center… They’re in fair condition,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen. Both officers are believed to be okay.

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Police were also seen near 6th Avenue and Inca Street. At least two dozen officers, including SWAT team members, were seen with their weapons drawn on an unknown home.

A shelter in place was in effect for neighbors.

Denver police say a chemical agent was deployed to the home believed to have a suspect inside.

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At around 4:40 p.m. a man exited the back of the home with his hands on his head. Moments later, he re-entered the home.

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At around 5:30 p.m. a large fire erupted from inside the same home.

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Just after 6 p.m. Denver police announced the suspect was taken into custody.

Eastbound 6th Avenue was closed now at Interstate 25 because of police activity. Santa Fe Drive was closed at 5th Avenue.

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You’re asked to avoid the area if possible.

  1. Michael Corn says:

    Total waste of tax money for overtime, setting the house on fire, ruining businesses in the area.
    The retired Police Chief White called them the most corrupt union he had ever dealt with in his career. If civilians are involved there is no where near this sort of over-kill, setting houses on fire, bringing in SWAT and ruining business in the area. Shots were fired in our neighborhood and it took the cops one and a half hours to respond. One week later, there were more shots fired one block away and some cops eventually showed up but could not find anything.

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