Hostage Situation Caught On Camera In Denver; Ends With A Shot
A hostage situation at a Denver 7-Eleven ends when police shoot the man responsible for the situation. And it was all caught on camera.
Investigators spent hours processing the crime scene in and around the 7-Eleven at Colfax and Perry, long after the suspect was in custody.
Video shows the drama unfolding after police had been negotiating with the man in the hooded sweatshirt. He is holding one of the hostages, a vendor delivering something to the store.
He pushes her out in front of the store, holding on to her coat. As SWAT officers try to get him to release her. You can see the woman struggling in fear.
Then, a single shot takes the suspect down.
"After negotiating for about an hour, the individual decided to come out holding a female hostage, at which time we told him to let the hostage go. He refused; he then attempted to drag the female back in the store. Out of fear for the female's safety, one of our officers fired one shot, striking the individual," said Robert White, Chief of Police of Denver Police Department.
Because of the hostage's close proximity to the suspect, you can see her being pulled back inside as she tries to resist the suspect. The officer firing the shot had no room for error.
The shot stroke the suspect just above the shoulder, taking him out as a threat instantaneously.
The call came in as a suspicious person inside a 7-Eleven just after 8:30 a.m. It quickly turned into a barricade situation when police arrived on scene and the man inside took two employees and the female vendor hostage.
"I was about to go in there, and I was like, ‘I'm glad I didn't.' Then next thing you know, they said some dude in a gray shirt...had a girl and a gun to the back of her head," said Michael Guerrero, a nearby worker.
Officers quickly closed off Colfax and several surrounding blocks as they tried to diffuse the situation. Then, one of the employee hostages managed to escape out the back. Police say the suspect indicated he had a gun. One woman who didn't want to be identified said she'd seen a man matching the suspect's description trying to elude police a few blocks away just minutes before she heard about the hostage situation.
"I think he was trying to get away and he ran into there instead of running anywhere else," he said.
However, police say that their first call about the suspect came from the 7-Eleven.
"None of the citizens .... were injured or the officers, so absent that, I think things ended up as well as they could. Again, it is unfortunate the suspect was shot though," said Officer White.
The hostage caught between the gunman and police later spoke about her ordeal, though she didn't want her name to be released.
"It was terrifying. It was stressful and I don't wish it on my enemy," she said.