Denver police detail fatal shootout between officer and man in Capitol Hill

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Colfax is closed after a shooting at a 7 Eleven, June 13, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Denver police today identified an officer and a robbery suspect involved in a shooting last Wednesday that left the suspect dead.

The injured officer is Travis Lloyd, Commander Barbara Archer said at a press conference. He was struck in the thigh by a bullet fired by the suspect. The other man, Carnell Nelson, 29, was shot by the officer and died from injuries sustained at Colfax Avenue and Pearl Street.

Archer said the entire altercation happened within 10 seconds. Nelson turned and opened fire on the officer after the officer ordered him to stop, according to police.

Two bystanders were injured in the exchange: a woman who was standing behind the officers and a patron inside Slice Works. Police found that the man in Slice Works was struck by a bullet fired by officers while the woman was hit with a shot fired by the suspect, Archer said.

The man inside Slice Works was only grazed by a bullet, but the other bystander will require surgery for her injuries.

On the night of the incident, Nelson walked into a 7-Eleven, ignoring an employee who was outside smoking a cigarette and asked him to wait, Archer said.

Colfax is closed after a shooting at a 7 Eleven, June 13, 2018. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Kevin J. Beaty

After the employee entered the store, Nelson pulled a gun and the employee ran away. Nelson then was spotted walking down the street with a cash register, and the employee pointed him out to officers who were driving by in a patrol car. That's when the confrontation escalated into gunfire, with the suspect firing first, Archer said.

Lloyd was placed on administrative leave while the case is under review. His partner was not. Police recovered a gun from the scene of the crime.

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