1 dead after officer-involved shooting in Arvada

Unknown if victim killed by police or suicide

ARVADA, Colo. - One person is dead after an officer-involved shooting incident that started at about 2 a.m. when police received a call that someone in another vehicle shot at their vehicle in the area 66th Avenue and Iris Street.

Police found that three men and a woman were drinking at "The Hoffbrau" bar in Westminster near 88th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard when they got into a verbal fight with another customer before driving home.

On the way home, the four victims noticed they were being followed by a silver Audi.  They said the Audi pulled alongside their vehicle and the passenger opened fire with a weapon.

No one in the first vehicle was injured, although at least one bullet hit the vehicle. The victims called police.

A vehicle matching the description of the shooting car was spotted at about 4 a.m. Police managed to corner the vehicle at 72nd Avenue and Miller Street.  Police said the vehicle turned down Miller, which is a dead end, then turned around the started in the direction of police cars.   Two officers opened fire but the vehicle was able to make it past the officers and leave the area, according to Jill McGranahan with the Arvada Police Department.

"I heard a crash and hit the hallway and heard gunshots, lots of gunshots and by the time I got to the door, they were all back in their cars and I saw the policemen getting back in their cars and taking off going east," said Karen Thoms, a witness.  "(There were) at least 15 shots … it was pop. Pop. Pop. Pop. Pop -- just like that."

She called the incident "scary, very scary."

Police did not pursue the vehicle because of road conditions.

The vehicle was found about 40 minutes later at 62nd Avenue and Dover Street.  The passenger in the vehicle was found dead and the driver was found with cuts from broken glass.

Police are investigating how the passenger died.  They don't know if he was shot by police or shot himself, McGranahan said.  The driver of the Audi is in custody of Arvada Police.

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