Suspect in 2015 murder shot by police in July charged with trying to escape custody

Posted at 4:16 PM, Sep 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-28 18:16:58-04

DENVER – A man already facing murder charges who was shot by Denver police at the end of July now faces felony escape charges after trying to get out of custody at Denver Health Medical Center last week.

Darius Ratcliff, 20, was being escorted by police to the hospital on Sept. 23 when he tried to run, though he was captured just seconds later.

He was already being held without bond on a murder charge stemming from a November 2015 shooting on Bannock Avenue that killed one person and injured several others.

Ratcliff also faces charges from a September 2015 shooting on Colorado Boulevard and a June 2016 burglary at a marijuana dispensary, the Denver District Attorney’s Office says.

Ratcliff was shot by police July 31 after he fled a traffic stop near East 35th Avenue and North Olive Street.

It's unclear at this time why he was being taken to the hospital.


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