An officer on Denver Police Department’s fugitive unit was shot in the neck Thursday afternoon and a suspect wanted in a homicide investigation was fatally shot by police at an intersection in Broomfield, authorities said.
The officer was taken to a hospital and is considered stable, Rachel Haslett, a spokeswoman for the Broomfield Police Department, said during a news conference.
Denver Police Chief Ron Thomas said the male officer was shot in the neck but was OK.
“I’m very happy to report the officer is in stable condition,” Thomas said. “I met with him, I met with his wife, and he seems to be doing as well as can be expected.”
The suspect, a male who was not identified, was wanted in a homicide investigation, Haslett said. She did not provide additional information on the case, citing the ongoing investigation.
About 3 p.m., Broomfield police arrived at Sheridan and Midway boulevards to assist Denver police, Haslett said. The intersection is near neighborhoods and a church and south of the Broomfield Commons Park and Open Space.
Haslett said the suspect was driving south on Sheridan Boulevard when he collided with another vehicle while turning onto Midway. He then tried to carjack another vehicle before he started to run away and fire gunshots at Denver officers, she said.
A woman was in the vehicle with the suspect, Haslett said, though she was not injured.
No Broomfield police officers or bystanders were injured, she said.
“We’re thankful that no more people were not injured,” Haslett said. “Obviously this could have been worse.”