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Lakewood police involved in fatal shooting of armed suspect at hotel

The suspect has not been identified as of Saturday evening.
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Posted at 6:57 PM, Mar 09, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-13 18:54:01-04

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — A suspect died in a shooting involving Lakewood police on Saturday morning, the police department announced.

The Lakewood Police Department said the incident began at 7:17 a.m., when police were called to the La Quinta Inn at 7190 W. Hampden Ave. for a report of shots fired on the fifth floor of the building.

When police arrived, they found the suspect armed with a knife in the hallway. He had a large dog with him and held it close to his chest. The officers ordered him to drop the weapon, but he refused and started moving toward police, the department said.

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Three officers opened fire and then rendered aid to the injured suspect, but he died at the scene. Police said the dog died as a result of the suspect's actions.

Nobody else was injured, the department said. Police found a gun at the scene. They later determined that somebody had fired shots inside the suspect's room before police had arrived.

The suspect was identified as 47-year-old Zacariah Devore of Arvada on Wednesday afternoon.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team is investigating this shooting. The three officers who used their firearms are on administrative leave, as is standard practice in shootings involving police.

The department said no other details are available as of Saturday evening.

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