ARVADA, Colorado (AP) — A gunfight between two men and police officers at a shopping district in a Denver suburb left an officer and one of the suspects dead, authorities said Monday.
The officer with the city of Arvada died, Mayor Marc Williams said. One suspect died at the scene, and the other was taken to a hospital by ambulance, Detective David Snelling said.
The shooting occurred in Olde Town Arvada, the city’s downtown district with shops, restaurants, breweries and other businesses. It’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is about 7 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of downtown Denver.
While there are a large number of police vehicles and officers in the area, helicopter footage showed pedestrians walking around a section of street cordoned off by police tape.
Brady Turner said he was pulling into the Army and Navy store in the area when he noticed police cars driving in behind him and a person on a stretcher being put into an ambulance in between the parking lot and the store. Turner said he took off in his car.
“I just got out of there,” the Arvada resident said.
About five minutes later, he heard gunshots near the library about a block away.
Police said they planned to provide more information at a news conference Monday afternoon.
The incident briefly forced the closure of a light rail station in the downtown district.
The shooting comes after a gunman opened fire and killed 10 people, including a police officer, in March at a supermarket in Boulder, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of Arvada.