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Medical examiner identifies man who died after allegedly shooting two Denver police officers

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Posted at 10:47 AM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 23:05:22-05

DENVER — The man who died after allegedly shooting two Denver police officers Sunday has been identified as 35-year-old Joseph Patrick Quintana.

According to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, Quintana died on Monday, the day after he was transported to a hospital from the site of the officer-involved shooting.

Quintana, who was a Denver resident, allegedly shot two Denver police officers — one in the abdomen and one in the leg — on Sunday afternoon near Inca Street and 6th Avenue. After the shooting, he barricaded himself inside a home. After a multi-hour standoff, authorities spotted flames and smoke coming from the house. About 20 minutes later, they apprehended Quintana and loaded him into an ambulance.

He was transported to Denver Health Medical Center and was pronounced dead on Monday.

The two injured officers, who were identified as Richard Jaramillo and Steve Gameroz, were listed in fair condition as of Monday afternoon. On Monday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock visited the officers and tweeted that they were “in good spirits.”

Quintana had at least two felony convictions — for assault and felony menacing with a weapon — and was prohibited from possessing firearms. According to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, he had a history of violence. Quintana had been arrested previously for felony menacing with a weapon, resisting arrest, obstructing police, assault, domestic violence, kidnapping, child abuse, burglary, DUI, driving with a restrained license and driving without a license.

He was most recently arrested in Denver in July 2016 on charges of felony menacing with a weapon, burglary of a dwelling and violation of a protection order. He pleaded guilty to the felony menacing charge and was sentenced to two years of probation.

The medical examiner said the autopsy is complete. The manner and cause of Quintana's death is pending investigation.

This was the 12th officer-involved shooting in Colorado in 2019.

This incident is still under investigation, police said.

READ MORE: MAP: Tracking Colorado police shootings in 2019