Lakewood police have identified a female who allegedly tried to drive away with an officer's arm pinned inside her vehicle. The officer shot the woman, and she later died.
According to the Lakewood Police Department, the woman killed was Donna Lynn Martinez, 39.
Lakewood Police Department spokesman Steve Davis said Thursday that the incident began when an officer checked the license plate on a 2007 Suzuki shortly after midnight. The officer found the plates were stolen and stopped the SUV near Colfax Avenue and Pierce Street.
Davis said officers later discovered the SUV was separately reported stolen in Denver.
The first officer walked up to the driver-side window, and the second officer approached a man seated in the front passenger-side seat.
The passenger, later identified as Bernard John Trujillo, 48, became combative, and the second officer used a Taser stun gun on him, police said. Records show he is a parolee with a long arrest history.
At that point, Martinez allegedly began to drive away.
The officer had reached into the vehicle with his left hand to shut it off, Davis clarified. He fired his weapon with his right hand.
Lakewood police said Friday that Trujillo was arrested by police for a parole violation. Additional charges are likely, they add.
The shooting is being investigated by the Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team, which includes investigators and detectives from several law enforcement agencies in Jefferson County. When their work is finished, a final report will be submitted to the District Attorneys Office.
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