At 8:45 p.m. on Sunday, November 4, two Jefferson County deputies responded to mile marker 267 on Highway 6 in Clear Creek Canyon to assist Colorado State Patrol with a suspicious vehicle. The state trooper noticed the vehicle parked on the south side of the roadway at approximately 8:20 p.m. When verifying the license plate, he learned the vehicle was stolen and possibly associated with an attempted homicide in Lafayette over the weekend. An adult male driver and juvenile female passenger were inside the vehicle, apparently sleeping.
Highway 6 was closed to traffic while our deputies, CSP, and a Golden police officer initiated a felony stop on the vehicle. Before officers contacted the occupants, the vehicle was put into gear and began driving forward. The state trooper and one of our deputies fired into the vehicle to stop the threat. After shots were fired, the vehicle drove down the embankment and came to rest at the creek. The male suspect was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital with gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The juvenile passenger was also transported, with minor injuries sustained from the vehicle crash.
Through our ongoing criminal investigation we have confirmed the vehicle was associated with the attempted homicide and a subsequent pursuit in Lafayette this weekend. In addition, the decedent was wanted out of Westminster on felony charges and Adams County on misdemeanor charges. Investigators will work with the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether the juvenile passenger will face charges related to this incident.
The Critical Incident Response Team is conducting an independent investigation into the officer involved shooting. Arvada Police is leading this investigation.