A veteran Colorado police officer was killed along with an innocent bystander during a confrontation with a gunman in the Denver suburb of Arvada on Monday, police said.
The alleged gunman was also killed by police after the initial deadly clash. The names of the people involved weren’t released at a press briefing by the Arvada Police Department late Monday afternoon.
The unnamed officer responded to a call at about 1:15 p.m. of a “suspicious incident” near the library in the Olde Town neighborhood of Arvada, Deputy Police Chief Ed Brady told reporters.
Fifteen minutes later, 911 calls came in reporting gunshots and officer down, Brady said.
Police issued a shelter-in-place order and extensively searched a Ford pickup truck apparently looking for explosives, according to CBS 4 Denver.
Brady said the second person appeared to be a victim but the investigation is ongoing.
“At this time, we believe this person was shot and killed by the gunman,” he said at the briefing.
“We are working to identify this individual and we will release more information, the coroner’s office will release more information, as they get it.”
“One suspect has also been shot and killed and his identity will be released by the coroner’s office,” he said.
“There is no threat to the public at this point. We are not searching for anyone else. The shelter-in-place has been lifted.”
The officer is the first member of the Arvada department who was shot and killed in the line of duty in the department’s history, Denver 7 said.
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D) tweeted out that he was monitoring the situation.
“I’m devastated to learn of the loss of one of Arvada’s police officers,” Perlmutter said. “Thank you to the first responders at the scene who are working to keep our community safe.”
The shooting follows a mass shooting in March that killed 10 people at King Soopers supermarket in Boulder – about 20 miles from Arvada.