Officer-involved shooting reported in Denver; One woman taken to hospital for 'superficial' injury

DPD: Shot fire by officer was unintentional

DENVER - One woman was taken to the hospital after an officer fired a shot inside an apartment building on High Street near East 33rd Avenue in Denver.

Denver Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Warneke said officers were in the area starting around 3 p.m. in an attempt to find a person wanted for a probation violation. When they found that person, he ran away and police followed on foot.

The person eventually ran inside an apartment building and officers followed, with one officer firing a single shot.

Police said the shot fired by the officer was unintentional. The officer was not placed on leave.

Warneke said it was not yet known if the shot, bullet fragments, shrapnel or something else injured the woman. He described her wounds as "superficial."  She was treated at the hospital and released.

"I looked at him drop the gun and the gun went off," the woman, who did not wish to be identified, told 7NEWS Reporter Jaclyn Allen. "The bullet hit there in the floor."

But other people in the home told conflicting stories about what happened, saying the officer did not drop his gun.

The man who was arrested has been identified as Lorenzo Banks, 28.  He was arrested on a probation violation warrant. He had been arrested in February on a robbery charge.

The injured woman said she did not know Banks, but police said he was known to some of the people in the apartment at the time. 
 
She said something grazed her face when the bullet hit the floor, but she wasn't sure what it was.
 
 

 

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