Police shoot and kill suspect who ran over officer with a car in Westminster, according to police

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jun 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-17 01:03:31-04

Police shot and killed a suspect who ran over an officer with a car, according to the Westminster Police Department.

It happened near West 86th Avenue and Sheridan Court at about 4:30 p.m., Westminster Police stated on Twitter.

Officers with the Special Enforcement Team were attempting to arrest a suspect who was wanted on multiple felony warrants, police stated.

The suspect had at least five felony and misdemeanor warrants, including drugs, assault and domestic violence, Denver7 Reporter Jaclyn Allen confirmed.

"He had some kind of remote control start to his car, so he and an officer got into a struggle at the drivers’ side door," said Kate Kazell, an investigator with the Westminster Police Department. "He was able to turn the car on and get the car into drive, so during this struggle he started to drive away,"

The suspect ran over and dragged the officer, according to police.

That's when the suspect was shot, investigators stated, but the car went across the parking lot, hitting at least one other car before it crashed into the Yak & Yeti at 8665 Sheridan Boulevard. 

The officer was transported to the hospital. Police said that the officer is expected to survive but did not provide any details about the officer's injuries.

Breaking: Police investigate at 86th & Sheridan. Officer in hospital w/non life threatening injuries. Suspect died.

— Jaclyn Allen (@jaclynreporting) June 17, 2016

Westminster Police released the following statement at about 9:15 p.m.

"This evening around 4:35 p.m. Westminster Police were in the area of the 8600 block of Sheridan Blvd. attempting to contact an adult male suspect with multiple active felony and misdemeanor warrants.

"Officers attempted to arrest the male near his car in a parking lot at this location. The male fought with officers, and during the altercation he was able to turn his car on and put the car into drive. While still amidst the struggle, he began to drive away, running over the officer and dragging him by his car.

"While this was occurring, the officer and other officers on scene fired their weapons at the suspect. The suspect was transported from the scene and was later pronounced deceased.

"The officer was transported to an area hospital for treatment with non-life-threatening injuries.

"This investigation is early and ongoing and no additional details are available at this time. The 17th Judicial District Critical Incident Investigations Team will be conducting an investigation of the incident."


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