Suspect involved in barricade situation with Denver police dies

Two Denver police officers injured in the incident remain in the hospital in fair condition.

Police tape. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Police tape. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

(Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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UPDATE, Feb. 1: Denver police this week identified the two officers involved as Officer Steve Gameroz  and Richard Jaramillo. Both were released from Denver Health Medical Center this week. 

The suspect who allegedly shot and wounded two Denver police officers Sunday died on Monday morning at a hospital, a day after police arrested him after he barricaded himself in a house near 6th Avenue and Inca Street.

A release from Denver police Monday called the incident an officer-involved shooting. It did not specify why the suspect was hospitalized. Police said the cause and manner of death of the unidentified suspect will be released by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Offices initially responded to a report of shots fired in the 600 block of Inca Street on Sunday. While responding, the officers were confronted by the armed suspect.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen told press on Sunday the suspect was a man.

The names of the two injured officers were not released. The officers remain in the hospital and are listed in fair condition. A third officer involved in crash en route to the scene on Sunday was treated and released from the hospital, according to the release. The officer’s names were not released “out of respect for” their families, according to Denver police.

The incident remains under investigation. Police said in Monday’s release that further details related to the case were not available for release due to pending interviews with people involved. Those interviews are expected to extend into next week.

The release also said an arrest warrant is sealed by the court and is not available for release. The standoff Sunday lasted some six hours, according to 9News. The news station reported a fire at the house where the suspect was barricaded in broke out at about 6 p.m. Police Chief Paul Pazen couldn’t provide a cause and told reporters it was part of the ongoing investigation.

“The Denver Police Department is committed to being as transparent as possible with any investigation,” the statement said. “As details are made available they will be released.”

The Office of the Independent Monitor on Monday confirmed to Denverite that a representative of the office was at the scene and has been monitoring the incident.

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