Suspect hurt in Denver officer-involved shooting

Posted at 4:24 PM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 01:05:55-05

A suspect was transported from a scene in Denver, where police say an officer-involved shooting happened Monday afternoon.

It happened at 26th and Zuni, in the Diamond Hill area, just after 4 p.m. Investigators remained at the scene for more than six hours.

Denver Police report that all officers are okay. The suspect, who hasn't been named, is in critical condition.

According the police department, the suspect stepped out of a vehicle brandishing a weapon.

Police say the officers involved in the shooting were in the area to investigate a possible stolen vehicle. That's when another person pointed out a separate suspicious vehicle, which they stopped.

"I mean an officer never knows what kind of encounter they're going to have you know when they approach a vehicle or when they enter any type of situation and obviously it can be very dangerous like this," said Doug Schepman, a spokesperson with the Denver Police Department.

Denver7 looked at recent officer involved shooting statistics in the city of Denver. Out of the past five years 2015 had the highest number of officer involved shootings.

In early December Officer Tony Lopez Junior was shot five times during a traffic stop and nearly died as a result of his injures. He was released from the hospital on New Year's Eve.

Police have recovered the stolen Toyota RAV4 they were after but it's too early to tell if the Toyota is related.

Roads near the scene were closed for the investigation.


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