Standoff ends in Arvada, hostage OK, suspect shot and killed

ARVADA, Colo. - The SWAT team ended an 18-hour standoff in Arvada Tuesday morning by shooting and killing the suspect and rescuing a 13-year-old boy who was being held hostage in his home.

The hostage situation, which began around 5:30 p.m. Monday, ended just after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"The situation was resolved when the suspect went to the front door to retrieve some items that we were delivering and the SWAT team took a shot at the suspect, striking him and we were then able to rescue the hostage," Arvada Police Chief Don Wick explained.

Fifteen-year-old Kayla Tierney shot video of the SWAT team moving in and rescuing the boy through her kitchen window across the street.

"All I heard was the boom," Tierney said of the gunshot that killed the suspect. "My stomach dropped, like it completely dropped. It's just so much to take in. It's unbelievable."

The teen was seen being escorted by police at 11:20 a.m. He was not physically harmed, Wick said. 

Tierney is friends with the 13-year-old boy's big brother, so this is all personal.

"He didn't deserve this to happen at such a young age," Tierney told 7NEWS reporter Marc Stewart. "I really hope he can just overcome all of this."

Wick said police were initially called to the neighborhood on a domestic disturbance call, involving a gun, near 62nd Avenue and Gray Street, by Homestead Park.

"As police were arriving, the male fled the house, then ran into and physically entered another home," Wick said. "The male took a 13-year-old hostage. The mother and brother of the hostage were just arriving at the residence when all this unfolded and, as a result, were not taken hostage."

Police on Tuesday afternoon identified the suspect as 34-year-old Don Pooley, an ex-convict who disappeared from parole on Jan. 10.  He also had a lengthy felony record, police said.

Pooley made threats throughout the 18-hour negotiations that he was going to shoot and kill the hostage, whom he did not know, police said. Throughout the overnight negotiations, Pooley made multiple references to media reports and Arvada Police knew he was following multiple news outlets.

Melanie Porter, a friend of Pooley, listened to the hostage standoff unravel from a far.

"I stayed on the phone with him half the night," Porter told 7NEWS.  

At one point, "[Pooley] goes, 'No, seriously,  I'm surrounded.' My heart kind of dropped, because I knew he was in trouble," the friend recalled.

Investigators evacuated several homes in the area during the standoff.

Other agencies were called in including, Jefferson County Regional SWAT, Westminster SWAT, Lakewood/Wheat Ridge combined SWAT, Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, Arvada Fire Protection District, Adams County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team will investigate the officer-involved shooting.

The investigation at the scene is on-going and will be for several more days, police said.

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