2 Lakewood officers shot near Jewell and Kipling saved by their bulletproof vests; Suspect wounded

Officers have non-life-threatening injuries

LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Two Lakewood police officers were shot, but not critically injured, while responding to a welfare check Saturday night.

The identities of the male and female officer who were shot were not released but they have non-life-threatening injuries, police spokesman Steve Davis said.

Their bullet proof vests "played a crucial role" in saving their lives, he said. 

The officers had been dispatched to a home near West Jewell Avenue and South Kipling Street when a woman called police about her despondent husband. The woman was not home at the time, but her husband told her that if police showed up at the house, there would be a confrontation, Davis said.

When the two officers arrived in separate cars to the home on the 9700 block of West Jewell Place, the suspect came out of the house and immediately started shooting at them, Davis said. 

Other responding officers fired back, shot the suspect and then took him into custody. 

"You start shooting at officers ... You will certainly be dealt with," Davis said. "We're very grateful our officers weren't further hurt."

Davis said the suspect, who is in his mid-50s, is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not identified him. 

It's not clear if the officers had said anything to him before he started firing.

"This whole confrontation took place outside," Davis said. 

SWAT officers are searching the man's home to see if he had weapons other than the handgun he used in the shooting.

Police say the investigation will last through the night. The intersection will remain closed until morning. Jewell was shut down from South Oak Street to South Garrison Street and Kipling was blocked south of Jewell as officers investigated.

At least 14 police vehicles and 5 emergency vehicles, as well as vehicles from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, responded to the shooting. 

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