DENVER (KDVR) – Nine Denver police officers are on administrative vacation after shooting a shooter who shot random people on Friday.
Denver police said the suspect fired shots in a park, then ambushed a woman and her toddler at gunpoint, and then shot several times at responding officers.
“A uniformed officer was in the area. This officer was quick to react and found a desperate woman with a toddler in her hand. She passed on that an armed person had just stolen their vehicle at gunpoint, ”said Commander Matt Clark. “When the subject tried to take their vehicle at gunpoint, she made him aware of the presence of a toddler in the back seat of the vehicle. She was working feverishly to remove the child from the vehicle when it tried to steal her car. While trying to remove the child from the car seat, the subject shot the woman one lap. “
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The first officer on site received the description of the car and the suspect. The responding officers spotted the car spinning through the intersection on Morrison Road.
“Then as soon as the officers got behind this vehicle, he immediately started shooting at them. That was a person who posed a significant risk to the community and had to be stopped. The officers were directly behind the target vehicle on South Quitman Street at 500 blocks when the subject fired at least one lap from the vehicle in the direction of the officers. Due to the violence of the crimes in which the subject was involved, the officers were given authority to pursue the escaping subject, “said Clark.
The suspect drove through residential areas up to 100 km / h, eventually lost control of the car and crashed on First Avenue and Perry Street.
“The test subject immediately opened the driver’s door and began to act erratically, kicked his legs, did without arms in and out of the car, held out his hand, stayed in the vehicle, ignored repeated commands to show his hands and get out of the vehicle. The officers tried to comply with the subject for almost a minute before he suddenly raised a pistol, aimed it at several officers directly north of him, and fired two rounds of the pistol. In response, nine Denver police officers released their guns and raised the subject several times. He was transported and died, ”said Clark.
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Investigators later retrieved a semi-automatic pistol from the suspect’s car. He was identified as Cedrick Vick, 22 years old. He was pronounced dead in the hospital.
Investigators are still trying to determine how many times the officers shot, but they say everyone fired multiple times.
“They have to independently determine a first or a third defense case as to why they surrendered their weapons. Just shooting because another officer fired wouldn’t be enough, ”said Clark.
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