11 officers shot in Colorado in 3 months

Posted at 3:04 PM, Feb 22, 2016

The shooting of a Denver police officer Monday is the 11th shooting of a peace officer in Colorado in just over three months.

On February 8,  Mesa County Deputy Derek Geer was shot and killed in the line of dutywhile responding to a report of a man with a gun in a neighborhood. The man, a wanted 17-year-old, shot Geer several times. Geer died.

Last month, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jose Marquez was off-duty when he was shotoutside his girlfriend's apartment in Aurora. He survived, the suspects got away.

On December 8,Denver Police Officer Tony Lopez, Jr., was shot multiple times during a traffic stop. Lopez underwent at least three major surgeries and was released on December 31.

A week earlier, on December 2, a Denver police SWAT officer was shot and seriously inured while attempting to arrest a fugitive near Sloan's Lake. The suspect was shot and killed.

On November 27, a man opened fire at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, taking the lives of three people including University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Officer Garrett Swasey. Four other officers and a deputy were injured exchanging gunfire with the suspect.

On November 15, the community mourned the loss of another law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty. Colorado State Patrol Trooper Jaime Jursevics was hit and killed while directing traffic at a crash scene south of Castle Rock.

Denver's police chief Robert White addressed the issue Monday afternoon, "These are very challenging and difficult times but everyone is putting their arms around each other. Obviously, we are certainly committed to continuing to do what this community expects of us."


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