Officer-involved shooting at Dist. 4 police station; Suspect in critical condition

Suspect pulled gun despite being handcuffed

DENVER - A handcuffed felony drug suspect was shot at the Denver Police Department District 4 substation after pulling a gun.

 

 

The incident happened around 4:40 p.m.

A four-door police SUV was taped off in the sally port of the police station at West Evans Avenue and South Clay Street.

A source  told CALL7 Investigator John Ferrugia that a police officer was bringing a suspect to the substation with the suspect's hands cuffed behind his back.

Denver Police Chief Robert White said the incident started as a drug arrest on a felony warrant in the 300 block of S. Elliot St.

At some point, the suspect reached into his pants and pulled out a handgun, the source told 7NEWS.  The suspect pointed the gun at the officer and fired at officers. An officer returned fire, hitting the suspect, White said. 

The suspect was taken by ambulance to Denver Health Medical Center in critical condition, but was expected to survive.

No police officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire, Chief White said. Police don't know how thoroughly the suspect was searched before being placed in the police car.

At 9 p.m., police identified the suspect as 32-year-old Isaac Vigil and said he was aksi wanted on a nationwide extraditable felony warrant for weapons violations. A check of public records shows previous arrests for vehicle theft, felony menacing and assault on a police officer.

Typically, police officers who fire weapons are placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated. 

7NEWS Reporter Marc Stewart asked White if the individual was frisked and checked for a weapon. 

"The nature of the search, that has yet to be determined," said White. 

"He was trying to wiggle around," said one witness who didn't want to be named.

The witness said the man was on the ground before being placed in a police car and that there was nothing to suggest that he was armed.

Police told 7NEWS that in most cases, suspects are handcuffed with their hands behind their back.

The chief added that it does not appear the suspect took the gun from an officer.

"The officer who fired at the individual, it certainly appeared that he absolutely did the right thing. There's no question about that.  Obviously the unanswered question is how did the suspect get the gun," said White.

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