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Rigoberto “Rigo” Valles Dominguez, 33. (Photo provided by Littleton Police Department)

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Littleton police Wednesday named a suspect in the shooting of one of its officers earlier in the week, and said the officer, who was shot multiple times, is still in intensive care at Swedish Hospital in Englewood.

Police identified their suspect in the shooting as 33-year-old Rigoberto Valles Dominguez, who they said is still at large. They said Dominguez is a Hispanic man with brown eyes and buzzed brown hair who weights 190 pounds and is 5 feet 5 inches tall.

He has several tattoos including a skull on his right forearm and a saint on his left forearm, police said. 

Police also identified the wounded officer as David Snook. They said he was shot in his arm, leg and torso.

Snook remains heavily sedated in an intensive care unit, Littleton Police Department Chief Doug Stephens said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. “He has a long road ahead of him for recovery,” Stephens said.

The second officer, Jeff Farmer, injured his knee in the incident and is recovering at home with his family. 

According to police, Snook and Farmer responded to a call of shots fired in the area of West Powers Avenue and Bannock Street late Monday. After arriving at the scene they found two people believed to have been involved, one of whom police said was Dominguez.

Both suspects ran away, with the man police believe was Dominguez entering an apartment building at 183 W. Powers Ave. Police alleged that as Snook followed him, Dominguez turned and shot the officer several times with a handgun.

Snook was able to return fire, as was Farmer, who helped Snook receive immediate medical attention while the man identified as Dominguez escaped, police said. 

Police have yet to identify the second person involved, though Stephens said the department has several leads. 

About 12 hours after the shooting, Dominguez is also believed to have been involved in a carjacking just a few blocks from where Snook was shot, according to Stephens. 

Police had initially placed the area under a lockdown that was lifted around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. 

Those with information on Dominguez’s  whereabouts are asked by police to contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP.


CORRECTION: This story was updated at 5:45 p.m. on Sept. 22, 2021, to correct the health status of Officer David Snook. He remains hospitalized.

Robert Tann

Special to The Colorado Sun