Man shot, killed by police

Suspect killed after police chase through Denver, Thornton

Staff Report

Thornton and Denver police killed a man who they say tried to intentionally crash into their vehicles after leading them on a chase Thursday night.

Thornton police were called to the 300 block of East 88th Avenue at approximately 11:30 p.m. on a possible domestic violence incident where a gun had been fired.

As officers were arriving at the scene, the suspect was observed leaving the area in a vehicle. The suspect eluded officers after they tried to stop him and led them on a chase through Denver and back to the apartment complex of the original incident in Thornton.

As the suspect vehicle was driving through the apartment complex, the driver appeared to intentionally collide with two police vehicles, according to a statement released by Thornton police.

“At this point, multiple officers from the Thornton and Denver Police Departments fired their weapons at the suspect. The suspect was struck by the gunfire and was later pronounced deceased at the scene. A firearm was located in possession of the suspect when contacted in the vehicle,” the statement said.

The suspect's identity has not been identified yet. The Adams County Critical Incident Team is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Area Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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