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DENVER -- A man who took a woman hostage at a Denver 7-Eleven Monday morning was shot by an officer, police said.

The incident started when police got a call about a suspicious person inside the store at West Colfax Avenue and Perry Street shortly before 9 a.m.

He took a female hostage, and there were employees and customers inside the store during the incident, said Denver Police Chief Robert White.

RAW VIDEO: Man takes woman hostage and uses her as human shield

Police negotiated with the man for about an hour before he came out with a female hostage.

The man used the woman as a shield, while police yelled at him to surrender.

"He then attempted to drag the female back in the store. Out of fear for the female's safety, one of the officers fired one shot, striking the individual," White said.

The suspect was apparently hit in the torso, and he was listed in critical condition at Denver Health Medical Center.

The hostage was not harmed.  Later in the afternoon the woman, who did not to give us her name, said she was glad she survived the incident unharmed.

"It was terrifying. It was stressful and I don't wish it on my enemy," she said.  "Everybody that's concerned about me, I appreciate your thoughts and prayers."

She said police did a "great job," of handling the situation.

White said the man "indicated that he had a weapon," but police did not confirm that.

A FOX31 Denver photographer was positioned across the street from the scene and recorded the shooting. In the video, the man can be seen standing behind the woman. He wore a grey hoodie and didn't appear to say anything.

White said he was pleased that the situation ended without any officers or victims being hurt.

Cowell Elementary School, Lake International School, Strive Prep at the Lake Campus, Cheltenham Elementary and Colfax Elementary were all placed on a modified lockdown, Denver Public Schools said. The lockdown was lifted at 9:30 a.m.

Colfax was closed from Newton Street to west of Perry, and between 14th and 16th avenues, DPD said.


  • Jen

    I will not be watching channel 2 News anymore. Very bad decision to show the suspect being shot. The suspect has family & friends that do not need to see that!

    • Katie George

      They were spot on showing that scumbag being shot. He isn’t dead, and he deserves to be shown in such a light. Who cares about his family, they can watch the piece is scum get hit, he should have thought about how it would look before he took an innocent woman hostage. Using a woman as human shield shows just how much of a coward he is.

  • Melody

    That was disgusting that you not only showed the footage of him being shot and injured once, but three times. It is rude and disrespectful to everyone that knows him, works in the store, and witnessed the events.

    • JMB

      The footage was proper. If you decide to commit such an act, this is a live example of what the reprocussion may be. Had there been a sniper in position, the suspect would likely have been killed instantly with an occular cranial shot…. saving the tax payers of the city a bunch of money on prosecution. If you do not like reality, stop watching the News.

  • Sherill

    Well this is Not TV this is resolute if that was your mom would U worry about seeing her Protected? U need to stop excusing the wrong doer and get a back bone for a lady who I’d working at what age! And o poor person and family to whom he us connected ! Thanks cops that moved and saved a workin grandma!!! Go public for the a real situation guess what cops deal with everyday and get poo poo because u r not in their boots!

  • Wade

    I will never watch your news ever again! This is the very reason why violence is so rampant in the US.
    First you glorify the whole event by talking, reporting, showing, interviewing it for the first couple minutes of the news. Then you show both the hostage and the offender as if its a hollywood movie. But you don’t stop there, you then show the suspect getting killed and glorify the police for doing so.
    The real story is the cause behind why people commit the crimes to begin with. Mental illness, poverty, desperation, addiction, etc. Focus on that and solving those problems versus showing a person getting killed by the police.
    For once I wish a news organization would do nothing but report the good things that goes on in our communities. Rewarding and glorifying the worst side of human behavior begets nothing but more of the same.
    …and before someone says something about the victims of the person perpetrating the crime, yes, I have empathy towards them, but scenes like that aired on the news makes me equally empathetic toward the person that was killed and the people who knew him. To do so is to be humane.

  • Mike Anderson

    I am sorry that this young man chose this action, but what about the poor lady hostage! We must nip it in the bud, this might deter the next hoodlum that decides it is their right to just take what they want without working for it.

  • John Crump

    So why wasn’t he working for living instead of robbing stores and taking hostages, Bet he was getting welfare and unemployment and govmt assistance. With the MILLIONS Unemployed and on welfare no wonder this happens. This is what socialism does. bet he voted for Obama and the Democrats. Pity he wasn’t shot in the head DEAD. Now the taxpayers will have to get him well again so he can go to jail and live on us.

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