NORTHGLENN, Colo. - An attempted burglary suspect was shot by a Northglenn police officer Monday afternoon after police said he ignored two commands to drop a knife.
The police department says the suspect tried to break into an occupied home at 11400 block of Fowler Dr.
7NEWS has learned a male detective from a neighboring police agency lives at the home. He wasn't at home during the incident, but his wife and two children were. The wife called 911 at 12:47 p.m. to report a man on her back yard patio.
Police said they don't believe the home was targeted because a detective lives there. And neighbors said the suspect appeared to be under the influence of drugs.
"As the officers were responding the resident inside said she was trying to keep the door locked and the male party kept saying he needed to get inside," said Northglenn Police Department Cmdr. Beth Carmosino.
"The first officer on scene saw the subject come from between a shaded area of the woman's home and as he came out the officer ordered him to stop. He had a knife in his hand," Carmosino said.
The suspect reportedly advanced on the officer and was ordered to drop the blade twice before the officer fired two shots.
"It happened so fast. It just sounded like fireworks," said neighbor Ron Kaczer.
"The guy was laying on the ground and struggling with police. There were like maybe three or four [officers] trying to hold him down. I could see blood starting to spot on his shirt," said neighbor Dan Bueno.
Throughout the afternoon, crime-scene tape was stretched across the intersection of Fowler Drive and Malley Drive.
Police say the suspect was alive when he was transported to a hospital. The man is currently in surgery.