A booking photo and surveillance image of Rigoberto Valles Dominguez, who's suspected of shooting a Littleton Police officer.
City of Littleton
Late on September 24, Rigoberto Valles Dominguez, the 33-year-old who's believed to have shot Littleton Police Officer David Snook three days earlier, was arrested in Brighton. He's being held on suspicion of trying to kill Snook and his Littleton Police Department partner, Corporal Jeff Farmer.
Dominguez was named as a suspect in the September 21 shooting of Snook by Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens during a press conference the following day. Stephens said that around midnight on the 21st, community dispatch received a call about shots fired in the area of West Powers Avenue and Bannock Street around midnight. Responding officers were Snook and Corporal Jeff Farmer. Shortly after their arrival on the scene, Snook and Farmer are said to have identified two suspects, but when they attempted to contact them, the pair fled on foot. As a suspect now ID'd as Dominguez attempted to enter an apartment building at 183 West Powers, he turned and fired a handgun. Both Snook and Farmer were able to return fire, but the suspect escaped.
Here's a video of the press conference.
During the incident, Snook was shot more than three times, with bullets hitting his arm, leg and torso; even though he was wearing body armor, he sustained severe injuries. At last report, he was still hospitalized but appeared to be improving. Farmer was also injured while trying to help Snook, the department adds without offering specifics; he's currently recovering at home.
The Littleton PD calls Snook "a decorated thirteen-year veteran of the department. He is a loving husband and dedicated father to three young children." Farmer "is also a decorated fifteen-year veteran, devoted husband, and caring father. Both officers have dedicated their entire careers to the Littleton community," according to the LPD.
Photos of Snook and Farmer aren't being released, at their request. However, plenty of other images were made available, including the booking photo and surveillance image of Dominguez.
An LPD release about the latest developments states that the Brighton Police Department received information about Dominguez's possible whereabouts at 3:45 p.m. on September 24. The location was a recreational-vehicle home located on the 1100 block of 27th Avenue in Brighton, and at around 10:40 p.m., the BPD, assisted by several other agencies, managed to take Dominguez into custody in a nearby field without incident.
"The Littleton Police Department would like to thank Adams County, the cities of Aurora and Brighton, and partners with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their tireless work and support in this case," the release adds. No information about Dominguez's initial court appearance was shared.
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