Police actions that may endanger members of the public have been much in the news lately.
Take the recent apprehension of Kyle Moore, a suspected identity thief at whom a Greeley police officer fired a shot near a public park — an action that was followed by Moore striking a vehicle with a ten-year-old girl inside.
The subject is in the spotlight again as a result of a shooting yesterday in Northglenn.
A police officer was wounded and a suspect was killed in an exchange of gunfire at a home targeted by a drug raid — and three kids were inside when it happened.
Thus far, the information shared by the 17th Judicial District DA's office is basic.
Yesterday, May 28, according to an office release, SWAT officers were executing a search warrant at a home in Northglenn.
The incident reportedly took place around 10 a.m. at 10909 East 19th Place, a residence near the intersection of Muriel Drive and Washington Street. The latter location is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."
As officers tried to gain entry to the home, no-knock-drug-raid style (a battering ram could be seen on the lawn afterward), the suspect began shooting at the cops, the DA's office maintains.
One officer was hit by the gunfire.
The SWAT team, said to consist of officers from both Northglenn and Thornton police forces, reacted by shooting back, killing a person identified at this writing only as an adult male.
He definitely wasn't alone. The DA's office confirms that five other adults and three children were inside the house at the time the man was killed.
Fortunately, the other occupants of the home weren't wounded, and the children, whose ages have not been divulged, are safe — physically, anyhow.
For his part, the officer was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, and he's already been released.
Why were kids around at 10 a.m. on a Thursday? A possible reason: As noted by 7News, summer vacation at Northglenn started that very day.
Did the cops know children were inside at the time? Should they?
The Northglenn Police Department isn't addressing these questions yet, and neither is the DA's office, owing to an investigation that's currently underway.
The inquiry is being conducted by the 17th Judicial District multi-agency critical-incident investigation team, consisting of members of departments within Adams and Broomfield counties.
In the meantime, neither the suspect nor the officer he allegedly shot have been named yet.
But the presence of children insures that the case will be given considerable scrutiny — as it should.
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Here's a 7News report about the shooting.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.