Po­lice kill woman after chase

The per­son was shot and an­other fe­male was in­jured after a car­jack­ing and pur­suit cov­er­ing three cities.

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST - By Kirk Mitchell and Noelle Phillips

Po­lice shot and killed one woman and in­jured a sec­ond woman fol­low­ing a car­jack­ing and high­speed chase that tra­versed Lit­tle­ton, En­gle­wood and Den­ver be­fore po­lice stopped the al­leged rob­bers.

No of­fi­cers were struck by bul­lets in the early Fri­day shootout. One woman was pro­nounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hos­pi­tal where she is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, said Cmdr. Barb Archer of the Den­ver Po­lice Depart­ment’s ma­jor crimes di­vi­sion. The women’s names and ages have not been re­leased.

Ear­lier re­ports in­di­cated the women fired shots at po­lice of­fi­cers, but dur­ing a late-morn­ing news con­fer­ence, Archer said she could not con­firm that.

Archer also said she could not say how many of­fi­cers fired shots nor whether the of­fi­cers who fired their weapons were from Lit­tle­ton or En­gle­wood. Den­ver po­lice had not ar­rived at the scene when shots were fired, she said.

Den­ver homi­cide de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing be­cause the chase ended in Den­ver, said of­fi­cer Marika Put­nam. The Aurora Po­lice Depart­ment and Den­ver Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice also are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing.

“The crime scene is very ac­tive,” Put­nam said. “We’re in­ves­ti­gat­ing this as an ag­gra­vated mo­tor ve­hi­cle theft and shoot­ing.”

The al­leged car­jack­ing hap­pened in Lit­tle­ton just be­fore mid­night, Archer said. The vic­tim called 911 to re­port that two men and two women had fired a shot to­ward him while steal­ing his ve­hi­cle, she said. The car­jack­ing vic­tim was not in­jured.

Lit­tle­ton po­lice of­fi­cers spot­ted the stolen ve­hi­cle on Santa Fe Drive near Ara­pa­hoe Com­mu­nity Col­lege about 5 min­utes after the 911 call. Two women were in­side, and po­lice are search­ing for the men that re­port­edly were in­volved in the car­jack­ing, Archer said.

The stolen ve­hi­cle fled after pur­su­ing of­fi­cers turned on their lights and sirens, Archer said.

The sus­pects sped north on Santa Fe Drive. En­gle­wood po­lice joined the pur­suit when the chase crossed into En­gle­wood, Put­nam said.

The Lit­tle­ton of­fi­cers twice tried to stop the sus­pect ve­hi­cle by in­ten­tion­ally hit­ting it, but the driver did not lose con­trol and kept go­ing, Archer said.

On the of­fi­cers’ third at­tempt to bump the sus­pect car, it crashed near Louisiana Av­enue and Ban­nock Street, which is about 6.5 miles from where the chase be­gan, Put­nam said.

“The car comes to a stop,” Archer said. “The of­fi­cers fired their weapons.”

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