Denver Police: Car thief shot by police officer

Posted at 8:31 PM, Dec 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-18 06:13:36-05

A suspected car thief is in critical condition after being shot by a law enforcement officer in North Denver on Thursday night.

The Metro Auto Theft Task Force was investigating a stolen vehicle that eventually led them into the Denver area early in the evening, Denver Police officer Raquel Lopez said at the scene of the shooting. 

A PIT maneuver was used to stop the vehicle from getting away and shots were fired in the area of Stapleton Drive and Ivy Street.

The following is a map of where the shooting was reported at around 8:30 p.m.:

No other information, including the identity of the suspect, has been released. The investigation is ongoing. 

Denver7 has checked the numbers -- there have been 11 officer-involved shootings since Halloween along the Front Rage, including this one. 


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