Officer shot, suspect killed during Westminster standoff

K9 also sustained injuries during the incident
Posted at 6:11 AM, May 10, 2017

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – Police in Westminster shot and killed a barricaded suspect following an exchange of gunfire Tuesday night. An officer suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm.

It started around 5:20 p.m. after Westminster Police located a man wanted on multiple arrest warrants. Police say when officers attempted to contact the suspect, he barricaded himself inside a house in the 1300 block of 135th Drive. Others inside the home were able to get out safely.

The standoff lasted for several hours. A responding SWAT team attempted multiple tactics to get the suspect to surrender peacefully, but the suspect refused to exit the home, police say.

After hours of failed negotiations, police entered the home and an exchange of gunfire rang out. The suspect died on scene. The suspect’s name has not been released.

Paramedics transported the wounded officer to the hospital where Westminster Police Chief Tim Carlson said he's in good spirits.

"His family is with him. You know, it's a traumatic experience," said Carlson.

A K9 also sustained injuries during the incident and was transported to an emergency veterinarian for treatment. Police say the dog received stitches for a minor glass cut.

There will be an on-going investigation at the scene for several hours. Investigators in hazmat suits were seen going in and out of the home Wednesday morning.

Following protocol, four Westminster officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. The 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Team will be conducting the investigation. 

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