Shooting near Sloans Lake leaves Lakewood officer dead

EDGEWATER, Colo. — Residents in Edgewater woke up to a heavy police activity in their neighborhood after several law enforcement agencies were responding to a fatal shooting that left a Lakewood officer dead.

Lakewood Police initially said the suspect in this shooting, which took place just west of Sloans Lake Park, was killed. Since then, they have amended that statement, and are now saying it was a Lakewood police officer who was killed.

Police have not yet identified that officer as of 7:15 a.m., but they did say he had been with the department for six or seven years and was in his mid 30s.

“This is the worst of the worst,” Lakewood Police spokesman Steve Davis said, fighting back his emotions at a 7 a.m. press conference. “This is the first Lakewood Police officer we’ve lost in the history of the department. And that goes back to 1969.”

According to Lakewood Police, there were “a multitude” of gunshots reported early Friday morning just after 3 a.m. at a single family home in the 1900 block of Eaton Street. Police from Edgewater, Denver and Lakewood responded to the call.

Davis said police have taken three suspects into custody, but he did not release their identities. He also said this is not related to two other incidents of an individual firing at officers in the Denver metro area this week.

Continue to refresh this page for the latest on this developing story.