Bank robbery suspect killed in shooting with DPD officer

DENVER - A suspected bank robber was shot and killed by an off-duty Denver Police officer Saturday morning.

Police said the incident happened at the US Bank at East Colfax Avenue and Leyden Street around 10:40 a.m.

A witness to the shooting, Solera Restaurant owner Chris Higgens, told 7NEWS the body of the gunman could be seen on the top step of the bank entrance, covered with a coat.  The body was later taken away.

Police later confirmed the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene but said the suspect was shot by an off-duty police officer in uniform.  Police are permitted to wear their uniforms when working off duty.

Denver Police Chief White said the robbery suspect pointed a weapon at the officer and was fatallly shot.

The officer who was involved in the shooting was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.  The officer was not identified.

Another witness told our partners at The Denver Post that the bank had been robbed several times recently and off-duty Denver Police officers were hired as guards to stand in the corner of the bank in uniform.

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