Officer who lied about shooting gets probation

Posted at 9:51 AM, May 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-20 16:58:23-04

The former Commerce City Police officer accused of lying about being shot during a traffic stop pleaded guilty on Friday.

Under a deal with prosecutors, Kevin Lord pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and false reporting.

Lord was shot in Commerce City November 8, 2015. He told investigators he was shot by a suspect near 96th and Peoria Street.

Police issued a blue alert for the alleged suspect vehicle, investigators created a sketch of the suspect, officers said they searched numerous neighborhoods and there was even a $20,000 reward issued for information in the case.

But five days later, on November 13, Lord was arrested and investigators announced Lord had not been shot during a traffic stop, like he claimed.

In court Friday, Lord said he served faithfully during his two decade career, but said he suffered from PTSD after a concussion and fighting with suspects.

The judge pointed out that millions of police officers don't handle their mental health issues the way Lord did.

"The terms of this plea agreement and sentence will assure that Mr. Lord will never be allowed to be police officer again,” said District Attorney Dave Young in a statement sent to Denver7.

The judge sentenced Lord to 36 months probation, a mental health evaluation and 500 hours of community service.


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