Fed­eral Heights po­lice kill man

An of­fi­cer re­sponded af­ter a wo­man called to say the man had threat­ened her.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

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.

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