DENVER — The Denver Police Bomb Squad worked to diffuse two propane tanks that were rigged with gun powder, and appeared to be booby-traps set by the suspect of an officer-involved shooting in a southwest Denver neighborhood Friday morning.
Police identified the suspect Friday night as 31-year-old Daniel Abeyta. He was being held for investigation of first degree murder and other charges.
Investigators found a woman shot dead on her porch. FOX31 Denver spoke to her brother who identified her as Sandy Roskilly. He says she was a neighbor of the other shooting victim who tried to help. He called her a remarkable woman.
Police said they received a 911 call around 10:40 a.m. reporting shots fired in a neighborhood on S. Irving Street near Evans Avenue.
Melissa Allen said she was at work when she got a call from her 18-year-old daughter who was home.
“She just called me and said, ‘There is a guy in the street with two guns and a propane tank in the middle of the street’” Allen said. “I just told her to hang up and call 911 and go to the back room and lay on the floor.”
As police arrived, they saw a man carrying a rifle and two propane tanks on the street, according to radioreference.com, a site that records police radio.
Police swarmed the neighborhood panicking many residents during the 30 minute ordeal.
Henry Frye said he was in the front yard of his home when “I heard a big boom and I just ducked and ran into the house.”
Police said as they approached the man, he tried to shoot one of the propane tanks.
“As they were approaching, the suspect fired one shot at a makeshift incendiary device, which was activated,” said Denver Police Chief Robert White.
An officer then shot the man, hitting him in the shoulder and chest, said White.
Frye said he “heard three shots and then I heard police say, ‘He was down.’”
The man was taken to Denver Health Medical Center and was listed in critical condition. He remained in critical condition late Friday night.
White described the barbeque grill size propane tanks as “booby traps.”
“His intent was to harm,” White said during a noon news conference.
Two women were found shot at the scene. One woman was found dead inside a home.
Another was found on the front porch of a different house with a gunshot wound to the leg. She was listed in serious condition late Friday night.
White said police do not know what the relationship if any the suspect has to the two women. No names have been released.
Police evacuated homes around the shooting site, while the bomb squad dealt with the propane tanks and searched for other possible explosives.
Video from SKYFOX showed bomb technicians in full protective gear working on the propane tanks.
No officers were injured.
Denver police sent out several tweets from their account @DenverPolice during the ordeal including warnings to residents to stay indoors.
Abraham Lincoln High School, which is located a matter of blocks from where the suspect was initially spotted, was placed on lockdown while police responded to the active shooter situation.