Late last night, the Commerce City Police Department released a sketch of a suspect in the shooting of Officer Kevin Lord.
Fortunately, Lord survived the shooting, thanks to a ballistic vest he was wearing.
But police throughout the metro area are on the lookout for the man, who allegedly shot Lord in an exceedingly cold-blooded manner.
According to reports, Lord didn't say a single word to the man before taking a bullet.
The incident happened at about 7:10 a.m. on Sunday, November 8.
According to the CCPD, Lord contacted a male driver on the 9700 block of Peoria Street during what's described as a "proactive patrol of problem areas in his district."
Initial reports suggested that Lord and the suspect spoke.
However, 7News subsequently revealed that Lord was simply approaching the vehicle when he was shot without any apparent provocation.
An eight year veteran of the Commerce City Police Department with more than twenty years of law-enforcement experience, Lord suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Afterward, his family released the following statement:
"Words cannot begin to express the outpouring of love, prayers and support we have felt from the law enforcement community and the community at large. Kevin is a fighter and our family is focused on his recovery. At this time, we ask the media and public to respect our privacy and focus on the one thing that matters: catching the suspect and bringing him to justice."
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In the meantime, the CCPD put out what's termed a "Blue Alert" for the suspect vehicle: a late-90’s maroon Nissan Pathfinder, with possible Colorado license plate of 679UNZ or 697UNZ. The department notes that the "vehicle may have minor right rear bumper damage and may have damage from the shots the officer fired at the vehicle."
Thus far, the Pathfinder has not been found.
Neither has the suspect, who's described as a "white male in his late 40s/early 50s, with brown hair, thin build, wearing glasses and a black and white scarf around his neck."
Anyone with information about the man and/or his possible whereabouts is encouraged to dial 911 or contact the Commerce City Police Department at 303-289-3626.
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Look below to see a larger version of the police sketch, followed by a 7News report broadcast during the "Blue Alert" phase of the investigation.