DENVER (CBS4)– Officer Steve Gameroz walked out of Denver Health Medical Center on Friday, looking vibrant and smiling while waving to the crowd of officers and well-wishers. He was was shot in the line of duty on Sunday along with another officer by a man who committed suicide afterwards.
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“I told him you are part of a new family now… the big blue family that is 1,500-plus for Denver and you are part of the Denver community as a whole because we’ve received so much community support,” said Denver Police spokesperson Barb Archer.
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Investigators said Joseph Quintana shot Gameroz and Officer Richard Jaramillo and then barricaded himself in a home and refused to come out. After spending hours negotiating with Quintana, officers fired tear gas into the home and a fire started inside. When Quintana exited the house he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
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Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen, officers and members of the media lined the front of the hospital and clapped for him as he got into a car to head home.