Littleton officer wounded by gunfire remains hospitalized; police name suspect

Officer received multiple gunshot wounds to his arm, leg and torso

Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens speaks at a press conference Wednesday afternoon
Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens speaks at a press conference Wednesday afternoon
Robert Tann

Littleton police Wednesday named a suspect in the shooting of one of its officers late Monday, and said the officer is still in intensive care at Swedish Hospital in Englewood after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds.

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 five-foot-five-tall Hispanic man with brown eyes and buzzed brown hair and weighs 190 pounds. He has several tattoos including a skull on his right forearm and a saint on his left forearm, Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon. 

Police also identified the wounded officer as David Snook. They said he received multiple gunshot wounds to his arm, leg and torso. 

According to police, Snook and a second officer, Jeff 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 fled on foot, with the man police believe was Dominguez entering an apartment building at 183 West Powers Avenue. Police alleged that as Snook followed behind, 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. During the incident, Farmer injured his knee but is recovering at home. 

Police have yet to identify the second person involved,  though Stephens said the department had 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. The stolen vehicle is a 2002 Ford Explorer with Colorado plate AGM-D94. 

Police had initially placed the area under a lockdown but ultimately lifted the lockdown at around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Stephens said Dominguez is "extremely armed and dangerous."

Police have issued an outstanding arrest warrant for Dominguez for attempted murder of a police officer and are offering $10,000 to anyone who can help assist in Dominguez's arrest. 

Snook has been heavily sedated, according to Stephens, though he said he is getting better with each day. 

"He has a long road ahead of him for recovery," Stephens said.

Snook is a 13-year veteran of the department who Stephens praised as doing "amazing work" over his tenure. He also applauded the efforts of Farmer for his work across 15 years with Littleton police. 

"I cannot express how proud I am of the heroic actions of these officers as well as those of all the men and women of our department who did not hesitate to take action to keep our community safe," he said.

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

CORRECTION: A previous version of the story stated that officer Snook was at home. Snook is still in intensive care while officer Farmer is at home recovering. The story has been updated.


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