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Arvada police shoot, kill woman after alleged robbery

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Posted at 1:41 PM, Aug 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-19 19:00:40-04

DENVER – Arvada Police Department officers shot and killed a woman outside a motel near I-70 and Kipling Street Tuesday afternoon after an alleged robbery at a nearby store, according to a department spokesperson.

The shooting happened around 1 p.m. near the I-70 frontage road and Kipling. According to Arvada police spokesperson Det. Dave Snelling, police were initially called on a report of an armed robbery at a nearby Target store.

Snelling said Arvada officers confronted the alleged robbery suspect near the American Motel and shot the woman. It was not immediately clear what led to the shooting, and Arvada police said it was not releasing further information "at this time."

On Thursday, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office confirmed the woman killed in the shooting was 27-year-old Destinee Thompson. The cause and manner of death are pending further investigation.

Snelling said officers were not looking for any other suspects and said no one was hurt in the initial robbery. No officers were injured.

The department tweeted that the woman died in the shooting. Wheat Ridge police said officers were assisting Arvada in the investigation. The officers involved have been placed on standard administrative leave.

Police said the area would be closed until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

This is a developing news story and will be updated.