Englewood SWAT standoff ends with officer involved shooting; hostage safe

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 22:22:26-05

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — A SWAT standoff that began just after 1:30 p.m. Friday in Englewood apparently ended with the suspect being shot by police.

Department spokesman Kevin Sage said he didn't know if the suspect survived.

Police haven't yet posted details about a suspect, but originally said a man barricaded himself inside a home with a gun. Police said he took several hostages.

Neighbors who peered out their windows, or open doors, were told to close them.

Amid the standoff, police took positions on nearby rooftops and other strategic areas while they attempted to negotiate with the suspect.

The SWAT team, with help from Cherry Hills PD tried to talk the suspect into giving himself up, but he didn't cooperate.

The stand-off ended around 4:35 p.m.

"There were two gunshots," one neighbor told Denver7. "I heard two loud bangs."

Shortly after the gunshots, police walked a man wearing skivvies and handcuffs out to a waiting squad car.

"He wasn't the suspect," Englewood PD Investigator Kevin Sage said. "He was an individual who was in the house."

Sage said he didn't know yet whether there was an exchange of gunfire or whether the officer, or officers, fired both shots.

"I saw a guy coming out on a stretcher into the ambulance," the neighbor said. 

A drone was spotted flying above the scene.  Police asked several news crews if it belonged to one of the TV stations.

When asked earlier if the drone had interfered with the operation, police said no, but it was coming close. 

Denver7 will follow this developing story and post updates when they become available.


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