DA: Cop shooter also charged for home invasion

Posted at 9:41 PM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 23:41:24-05

On crutches and next to his lawyer, the alleged shooter of a Denver police officer appeared in court Wednesday, but not to face charges in the Dec. 8 shooting.

Jason Wood appeared for charges stemming from a home invasion. Police say that on Sept. 30, Wood broke into a home on Perry Street with two others. They allegedly pistol-whipped the victims, and stole five tattoo machines and a purse.

Wood is charged with aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree burglary. Co-defendant Jennifer Lovato was charged earlier this month for her alleged involvement.

The judge assigned Wood a new defense counsel because of a conflict of interest with the previous attorney.

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The Denver District Attorney's Office also said Wednesday that Wood has been formally charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and robbery in the shooting of Denver officer Tony Lopez Jr. Investigators say Wood fired on Officer Tony Lopez Jr. during a traffic stop on Federal Boulevard last week. He's accused of fleeing and carjacking a woman near the scene in an attempt to escape.

Police arrested the suspect at 20th and Chestnut streets after a chase. 

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Woods is scheduled to appear in court again for the shooting case on Friday. He returns to court next in January for the home invasion charges.

He remains in jail with bond set at $50,000 for the home invasion and $500,000 for the shooting charges.


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