Off-Duty Denver Police Detective Shot Multiple Times Trying to Stop Robbery

An off-duty Denver police detective was shot multiple times in both arms after interrupting a robbery in progress in Arvada on Wednesday.

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Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen did not name the detective Wednesday morning but said he had been on the force for 14 years and was a decorated member of the department.
Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen did not name the detective Wednesday morning but said he had been on the force for 14 years and was a decorated member of the department.
Denver Police Department

DENVER -- An off-duty Denver police detective was shot multiple times in both arms after interrupting a robbery in progress in Arvada on Wednesday.

The detective was in fair condition and is expected to survive, Dr. Stephen Wolf, an emergency room doctor at Denver Health, said at a news conference Wednesday morning at the hospital. The detective could be released as early as Wednesday evening, Wolf said.

Denver police Chief Paul Pazen did not name the detective Wednesday morning but said he had been on the force for 14 years and was a decorated member of the department.


“He is doing well and his family is doing well,” Pazen said.

Pazen declined to answer questions about the details surrounding the shooting, only saying that the detective was with a family member when he was shot.

The shooting happened at 80th Avenue and Kipling Street near a Circle K gas station. Police are searching for a damaged silver or gold Chevrolet Equinox with no rear license plate. The suspect is described as a white male between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall. He was wearing a black ski mask, a tan Carhartt jacket and jeans.

The detective arrived at the emergency room shortly after 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. Wolf said it wasn’t clear exactly how many times the detective was shot, but that his arms had multiple wounds.

Multiple local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Colorado State Patrol and federal agencies, are working to locate the suspect, Pazen said.

Pazen teared up as he described receiving the call about the shooting.

“I speak for all of our Denver family that it is a call you don’t want to ever receive,” he said. “Thankfully, in this situation, we think a member of our family is going to be OK.”

 

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