Retired officer who shot at police sentenced to 10 years in prison

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DENVER — A retired Denver police officer who fired at Northglenn officers at his home last year was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday in Adams County District Court, the district attorney’s office reported.

Alan McEwen pleaded guilty to first-degree assault on a police officer in the Oct. 18
incident.

Northglenn police were dispatched to his home at 945 E. 108th Ave. in Northglenn after receiving a 911 call from McEwen. He told officers that he had a gun, was placing it inside his mouth and wanted to kill himself. As police arrived, they heard a gunshot and neighbors told them several other shots had been fired earlier.

Officers made contact with McEwen by phone and negotiated for more than two hours, police said. Shortly after midnight, McEwen stuck his hand out of the front door of his home and fired a gun three times, hitting a police vehicle, a tree and the ground near officers. Police returned fire after McEwen came out of the house and advanced on them with a gun in hand, refusing orders to drop his weapon. He was shot four times but survived.

Two Northglenn police officers who fired at McEwen were cleared of wrongdoing in a decision letter released by District Attorney Dave Young on March 8.

McEwen apologized to officers during his sentencing hearing on Thursday.