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DPD officer shot early Sunday morning, sustained non-life threatening injuries

Male suspect in custody
Posted at 8:08 AM, Oct 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-28 17:29:52-04

DENVER -- A Denver police officer and a woman are expected to survive after an early morning shooting in a Denver neighborhood sent both of them to the hospital.

The shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. at a house in the 4800 block of W. 10th Ave. DPD said both the officer and woman have non-life threatening injuries and a male suspect, identified later Sunday as 25-year-old Elijah Ruff, is in police custody.

Initially, officers were responding to a call of a shooting, the result of a family disturbance. When officers and responding paramedics arrived, they found a woman in front of a house who had been shot. As officers and medics were helping that woman, DPD said Ruff shot at them. One officer was hit in the leg and DPD officers fired back.

The officer and woman were both taken to hospital where they are in stable condition. Police officers blocked off an area around the house and a few blocks away into the neighborhood as a SWAT Unit went into the house and arrested Ruff.

DPD said the reason there was a larger perimeter blocked off further away from the house was in case the suspect tried to run off as SWAT officers were working on making the arrest.

Investigators will talk to neighbors to see if there are further details to gather in the case. The officers involved went to DPD headquarters to provide statements and share body worn camera video to be reviewed as the investigation continues.

Police say Ruff is being held on investigation of attempted murder, aggravated assault and first degree assault.