Federal Heights police kill man
An officer responded after a woman called to say the man had threatened her.
A Federal Heights police officer shot and killed a fugitive parolee — who officers believed was armed — when he refused orders to surrender and attempted to flee.
Police said the man had driven to an apartment complex after threatening a woman. There were three other people in the car with him. Police arrested two suspects and are searching for another person who bolted on foot.
The officer fired multiple shots at the unnamed suspect after the man refused several orders and climbed into a red Mercedes Benz at building 18 of the Tuscan Heights Apartments in an apparent attempt to flee.
The names of the dead man and the three other suspects have not been released. The name of the deceased suspect will be released by the Adams County coroner after confirmation of his identity and an autopsy, Federal Heights Police Chief Karl Wilmes said.
A woman called 911 at 9:54 p.m. Tuesday night to say the parolee had threatened to go to her house. The man had violated parole and was sought on arrest warrants, Wilmes said. “She was in fear for her life and the life of her daughter,” Wilmes said.
The unnamed victim warned that the parolee likely would be armed and uncooperative, he said.
Federal Heights police set up a perimeter at the apartment on the 1800 block of 85th Avenue and called an ambulance to prepare for the suspect’s arrival, Wilmes said.
The victim told police that the suspect continued communicating with her — likely by text — because she remained on the phone with dispatchers. He repeatedly told her he was headed to her apartment.
Police spotted a red Mercedes Benz occupied by four people roll into the parking lot. Wilmes said he believes there were two men and two women inside the car.
When the car stopped, all four climbed out and began walking to the apartment. Police then confronted them and ordered them to surrender, Wilmes said.
At that point, the parolee, who appeared to be armed with a gun, darted back to the Mercedes and climbed into the driver’s seat of the car. He ignored orders for him to stop. One of the Federal Heights officers fired multiple shots, striking the man. “The only shots fired were by the Federal Heights police officer,” Wilmes said.
Paramedics attempted to revive the man who was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, Wilmes said. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation. It’s unclear whether it was a domestic violence-related incident, Wilmes said.