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Friday, June 26, 2009

Lakewood Cop Shoots Suspect In Back

The Denver Post

An armed man who was killed by an undercover Lakewood officer was shot twice in the back, according to an autopsy report.

Eugene Paul Velarde, 25, was shot after he fled a liquor store at West First Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard on June 10.

Police said Velarde entered the store with a pistol and made threats.

A short time later, two Lakewood Police Department plainclothes officers driving an unmarked Nissan Pathfinder tried to pull over Velarde, who was driving a minivan, but Velarde rammed the sport utility vehicle, police said.

Velarde ran from the crash and was shot twice by a pursuing officer.

Investigators found a pistol near Velarde, but they have not said whether he fired any shots at the officers, who have not been identified.

Velarde had several drugs in his blood system, according to the autopsy report, including cocaine, opiates and amphetamine.


Anonymous said...

Another parolee executed...when you're a parole client the cops are judge, jury and executioner. I hope his family sues.

Anonymous said...

Hey Anonymous...how would you feel if this wonderful parolee inflicted injury or death on someone in your family? The officers were just doing their job! Protecting! You are stupid.