Thornton and Denver police killed a man Jan. 2 who they say pointed a gun at the officers in the 300 block of East 88th Avenue.
Wesley Maldonado, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The incident began when Thornton police were called to the …
This item is available in full to subscribers.
If you're a print subscriber, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one.
Click here to see your options for becoming a subscriber.
If you made a voluntary contribution in 2022-2023 of $50 or more, but do not yet have an online account, click here to create one at no additional charge. VIP Digital Access includes access to all websites and online content.
The incident began when Thornton police were called to the Renaissance 88 Apartments at approximately 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, on a possible domestic violence incident where it was reported a gun had been fired.
As officers were arriving at the scene, the suspect was observed leaving the area in a vehicle. The suspect eluded officers after they tried to stop him and led them on a 30-minute chase through Denver and back to the apartment complex of the original incident in Thornton.
As the suspect vehicle was driving through the apartment complex, the driver appeared to intentionally collide with two police vehicles, according to a statement released by Thornton police.
“Officers indicated that the suspect appeared to point a firearm at the officers. At this point, four officers from the Thornton and Denver Police Departments fired their weapons at the suspect,” the statement said.
Police say a firearm was found in possession of the suspect and evidence indicates it was fired at some point during the incident.
The Adams County Critical Incident Team is investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Area Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
Other items that may interest you
We have noticed you are using an ad blocking plugin in your browser.
The revenue we receive from our advertisers helps make this site possible. We request you whitelist our site.