Denver, CO - A Denver Police Department officer was shot Saturday morning while trying to de-escalate a situation with a man in crisis.
Officers responded to a residence on South Quitman Street near West Amherst Avenue at around 4:30 AM Saturday morning, according to Denver Post.
Officers arrived to find the suspect outside of his home, saying that he was suicidal. While the officers were trying to de-escalate, the man shot an officer, hitting him in the leg. Officers returned fire and hit the suspect.
“It really appears that he was having a personal crisis and in our attempts to try to defuse that, he made decisions to make the situation get to where we are,” Deputy Chief Matt Murray said.
Both the officer and the suspect were transported to hospitals where they underwent surgery. The officer is expected to survive and the suspect is in critical condition.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured officer.