Crime

Update: Littleton Police Officer Shot Multiple Times, Suspect Still at Large

An image from the scene early this morning.
An image from the scene early this morning. Denver7 via YouTube
During a 6:30 a.m. press briefing on September 21, Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens provided additional details about the shooting of a Littleton Police Department officer just hours earlier in the vicinity of South Bannock and West Powers.

Stephens didn't identify the injured officer, who was transported to an area hospital and is currently said to be in serious but stable condition. However, he did confirm that the officer was shot multiple times — likely three or more. Some of the shots appeared to have struck body armor worn by the officer, but Stephens said one may have struck the chest area above the vest.

The shelter-in-place order for nearby residents has been lifted, Stephens said, since a search of the immediate area didn't turn up a suspect. But he stressed that the area remains an active crime scene and will remain closed to other traffic for an unspecified time.

The City of Littleton tweeted out a map of the affected area at 4:10 a.m.
click to enlarge GOOGLE MAPS VIA CITY OF LITTLETON
Google Maps via City of Littleton
The intersection of South Bannock and West Powers is a short distance from Littleton High School, Brookridge Park and a number of major retail outlets, including a King Soopers.


The news release about the incident, time-stamped at 3:30 a.m. on September 21, notes that officers originally responded to a call of shots fired in the area. Upon their arrival, an individual opened fire on them.

Three hours later, Stephens took to the podium, as seen in the following video:
According to Stephens, the initial outreach to Littleton dispatch came in just after midnight, and it specified that the shots had come from a vehicle. Two officers then contacted what they believed to be a possible suspect vehicle, at which point two parties fled on foot. As one of the suspects tried to enter an apartment building at 183 West Powers, the individual is said to have turned and fired on the officers. As the uninjured law enforcer rushed to aid the wounded colleague, the suspect managed to escape.

If you have any information about the crime or the person involved, you can call the Littleton Police Department at 303-794-1551.

This post has been updated to include information from Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens's 6:30 a.m. press conference.
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