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Denver police officer shot in the neck, homicide suspect killed in Broomfield

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Sydney McDonald

Broomfield Enterprise, Colo.

A suspect in a homicide was shot and killed Thursday when officers in the Denver Police Department’s fugitive unit attempted to arrest him in Broomfield.

Denver officers were trying to arrest the suspect about 3 p.m., Broomfield police spokeswoman Rachel Haslett said during a news conference.

The suspect, who was driving a white vehicle, was found traveling south on Sheridan Boulevard near the intersection with Midway Boulevard. The suspect turned left to go east on Midway and crashed into a blue car. The suspect exited his vehicle and tried unsuccessfully to carjack a third occupied vehicle before fleeing on foot, Haslett said.

At that point, Haslett said, the suspect fired at the Denver officers, who fired back, fatally shooting the suspect. One officer, a man, was taken to a hospital with injuries, she said. No one else was injured in the shooting.

Denver police officials tweeted about 5:30 p.m. that “the officer involved in this incident is in stable condition from apparent gunshot wound to the neck area.”

Haslett confirmed there was a woman in the vehicle with the suspect, but she has not been taken into custody. The investigators are working to determine her involvement.

None of the bystanders involved was injured, Haslett said. BPD confirmed on Twitter that there were two children in the blue vehicle involved in the collision.

“Those people were innocent victims,” Haslett said during the news conference. “They were very shaken up and we are speaking with them at this time.”

The intersection was closed while police investigate. Other roads leading into the area also are closed. Haslett recommended finding an alternate route if possible.

“This is going to be a crime scene for a while, so we ask for the community’s patience,” Haslett said.

No Broomfield officers were injured in the shooting, according to a tweet from Broomfield Police Department.

Details about the homicide in which the slain suspect was connected to were not available nor was the suspect’s or officer’s ages.

Broomfield will be the primary agency investigating the scene, Haslett said, working along with the Denver Police Department.

“We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to that Denver officer right now,” Haslett said. “We will do whatever we can to assist Denver with the investigation.”

This is a developing story.

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