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Colorado Police Officer Shot ‘At Least Three Times,’ Suspect Still at Large

LITTLETON, CO – An officer was shot and injured in Littleton Monday night and the suspect is still at large.

The officer was shot “at least three times” and is listed in serious condition.

The officer had responded to a call of people shooting from their vehicle around late Monday night, just before midnight.

“Officers had a vague description of a vehicle,” said Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens. “They were able to contact a vehicle in that area that matched that description. As they did so and they were attempting to contact the parties in the vehicle, two parties fled on foot.”

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Police foot chased the suspects, who ran into an apartment in a complex at 183 W. Powers Avenue. When they entered the complex, one of the officers was close behind a male suspect, who turned and shot the officer multiple times with a handgun.

The officer, as well as the second officer, returned fire but it’s unclear if he hit any of the suspects.

The Chief continued, “As the second officer was attempting to rescue the downed officer, the wounded officer, the suspect was able to flee the area and has not been located.”

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The area was on lockdown while police searched for the suspect, but police have since lifted the shelter in place order, saying they believe that the suspect left the area. “We have conducted our search around that area, Chief Stephens said, “so we believe it is safe; there is no current or immediate threat to the community. Folks are now free to leave their homes.”

“Luckily, Stephens said, “[the officer] was wearing body armor, so we believe he received a few shots to his torso, which were absorbed by the body armor, he received wounds to his extremities — his legs, his arms — and possibly one above his vest on his chest.”

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There is no suspect description released at the time of this writing. The Chief said police have some “pretty significant leads.”

“This is yet another example of the tragedies our officers face and the risk that they take very single day and night out there,” Chief Stephens said. “They put their lives on the line. I’m just tremendously proud of all of them.”

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Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at the Vancouver Police Department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a homeschooling mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is active in the local chapter of a police union, volunteers with the Navigators' First Responder Ministry, and has two published children's books (Police Man Daddy and Police Officer Mommy, both available on www.Tactical16.com.). You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at www.leahanaya.com.

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