Drug deal and stolen car led to 2 officer-involved shootings in Denver Wednesday

Female officer hit with stolen car

DENVER - A female police officer who was hit by a suspect in a stolen car was the only investigator hurt in two officer-involved shootings in Denver Wednesday.

The Denver Police Department provided new details about the deadly shootings in a news conference Thursday.

One man was killed in the parking lot of a funeral home and another was killed at Overland Pond Park.

-- Funeral home shooting

Police shot and killed a suspected car thief at the Romero Family Funeral Home at about 6 p.m.

Investigators were following the 21-year-old man to arrest him on two felony warrants.

The suspect was spotted driving a stolen car and officers used patrol cars to box him into a spot in the funeral home parking lot, Police Chief Robert White said Thursday.

The man rammed officers' cars and struck a female officer, Chief White said. The officer was treated for minor leg injuries.

The female officer and three other officers fired shots at the man.

"Early indications are that the subject did not have a weapon," said Cmdr. Matt Murray.

Investigators said the car had been stolen June 25 in the Metro Area.

The suspect had two outstanding felony warrants for auto theft.

"We believe he has gang affiliations," police tweeted.

A crowd of people were attending a viewing at the funeral home when the shooting happened. Police are interviewing at least 45 witnesses, Murray said.

One man said officers fired at least 10 shots at the suspect after they boxed in his car.

-- Overland Pond Park shooting

Earlier in the afternoon, a man was shot to death by Denver Police in at Overland Pond Park.

Undercover officers were working a drug case at about 2:45 p.m., investigators said. Undercover officers called four uniformed officers to help make an arrest.

The suspect pulled out a small handgun and an officer fired "to stop the threat," Chief White said Thursday.

The suspect was shot multiple times and died at the hospital, investigators said.

The man who was shot has a previous criminal history -- mostly auto theft charges -- White told reporters at a 10 a.m. briefing Thursday.

Cmdr. Murray said he couldn't remember two officer-involved shootings occurring in one day.

The coroner’s office will release the identity of both suspects when they have been positively identified and next of kin has been notified.

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