Retired officer
sentenced to 10 years

A retired Denver police officer who shot at Northglenn officers dispatched to his home last October was sentenced to 10 years in prison Sept. 5 in Adams County District Court.

Alan McEwen pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on a police officer in the Oct. 18, 2012, incident. Northglenn police were dispatched to his home at 945 E. 108th Ave. in Northglenn on a potential suicide call after receiving a 911 call from McEwen. He told officers that he had a gun, was placing it inside his mouth and wanted to kill himself.

As officers arrived, they heard a gunshot and neighbors told them several other shots had been fired earlier. Officers made contact with McEwen by phone and negotiated for more than two hours. Shortly after midnight, McEwen stuck his hand out of the front door of his home and fired his gun three times, striking a marked police vehicle, a tree and the ground near officers.

Officers fired at McEwen after he came out of the house and advanced on them with a gun in his hand, refusing orders to drop his weapon. He was struck four times. Two Northglenn police officers who fired at McEwen were cleared of wrongdoing in a decision letter released by District Attorney Dave Young on March 8.

McEwen apologized to officers during his sentencing hearing.

Mom charged in
drowning death of son

The 17th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young announced last week that he filed formal charges of negligent child abuse against Kayla Erin Barnett, 22, in the death of her 4-year-old son.

Izaiah Lopez, 4, drowned in a swimming pool at 4210 E. 100th Ave., Thornton, on June 9.

The boy, who could not swim, was found face down in the lap pool and was not wearing a life vest.

Barnett, of Lafayette, is charged with negligent child abuse resulting in death.


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