A Denver Police Department officer is in serious but stable condition after a shootout Wednesday in the Sloan’s Lake area that left a fugitive suspect dead.
The officer was shot in the leg, officials said at a news conference outside Denver Health Medical Center. Police initially said the officer was in critical condition, but Dr. Christopher Colwell said he was in surgery and was expected to have a “good outcome.”
The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force was serving a warrant in the area for an armed and dangerous suspect, said Deborah Sherman, an FBI spokeswoman. The FBI asked Denver police SWAT to assist.
The warrant was from another jurisdiction, not Denver, said Sonny Jackson, a police spokesman.
The shooting happened shortly after 3:30 p.m. near West 25th Avenue, Lowell Boulevard and Meade Street.
Police saw the fugitive walking in the neighborhood as they tried to serve the warrant. As they closed in, the suspect jumped in a car and took off, said Eranda Piyasena, a Denver police spokesman.
The suspect tried to drive the getaway car between two homes on the 2500 block of Meade Street. But he hit a gas meter and got stuck, Piyasena said.
As officers closed in a second time, shots were fired. The suspect was fatally shot there, Piyasena said.
Witnesses reported a chaotic scene.
John Gorman, who lives in the area, said he noticed a swarm of police officers and FBI agents in the area near the tennis courts at Sloan’s Lake.
He said he didn’t think much of it until chaos erupted.
“In a matter of minutes I hear boom! Boom! Boom!” Gorman said.
At some point, a small fire erupted but was contained, Jackson said.
An officer and an Xcel Energy worker were seen carrying a gas meter away from an alley between Lowell Boulevard and Meade Street.
Police blocked off a large area between Lowell, Meade and West 25th and West 26th avenues.
A lockdown has been enacted at Brown International School.
Brown International parents are allowed to pick up students on the King Street side of the school. Identification is needed for student pick-up.
A long line of parents waited to pick up there children at 5:30 p.m.
Two other schools were on lockout.