Suspect shot in 7-Eleven hostage situation dies of wounds

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Blas Leroux

Blas Leroux holds a woman hostage after barricading himself inside a 7-Eleven store in Denver on Jan. 14.

DENVER — Blas Leroux, the man accused of holding a woman hostage at a Denver 7-Eleven before being shot by Denver police, died of his wounds on Friday night, the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner announced Monday.

Leroux, 34, was pronounced dead at 10:36 p.m., three days after the Jan. 14 incident.

Leroux is accused of taking several people hostage at the store on Perry Street and Colfax Avenue. The Denver Police Department negotiated with him for about an hour, DPD said.

At one point, Leroux allegedly took a woman out of the store and used her as a human shield, police said. As Leroux tried to take the woman back inside, he was shot by a Denver police officer.

RAW VIDEO: Man takes woman hostage and uses her as human shield

A search of court records found Leroux has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 1996 and includes convictions for robbery and vehicle theft.

This woman, who refused to give her name, was taken hostage by a man at a Denver 7-Eleven.

Victim says the ordeal was ‘terrifying’

The woman Leroux is accused of using as a hostage told FOX31 Denver she was glad she survived unharmed.

“It was terrifying. It was stressful and I don’t wish it on my enemy,” she said.  “Everybody that’s concerned about me, I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

She said police did a “great job,” of handling the situation.

White said the man “indicated that he had a weapon,” but police did not confirm that.

A FOX31 Denver photographer was positioned across the street from the scene and recorded the shooting. In the video, the man can be seen standing behind the woman. He wore a grey hoodie and didn’t appear to say anything.

Denver Police Chief Robert White said he was pleased that the situation ended without any officers or victims being hurt.


  • Patricia A

    Actually the victim was driven. It showed her on the news pulling away in the passenger seat, glad to be alive. As for the young man he was still a human and deserved to be treated as such. Yes he did put others in danger, but in the end he paid the ultimate price. DPD did their job and did it well.

  • Steve

    Good news!! I don’t care if he was armed or not. If someone pulls this kind of stunt, they deserve to be put down. With an extensive criminal history, he’s been sent to a better place for all of us. Good job DPD.

  • PappyCHULO

    this is bull$hit. no weapon was found on the dude. the woman is just as big of a suspect as the guy is. i don’t trust her for one minute. stupid weed donkeys living in Colorado. that’s what happens when you open up your minds to the devil’s grasss!

  • PappyCHULO

    the “victim” has a lengthy rap sheet which includes solicitation of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, OWI, etc., etc. i don’t think anyone will ever truly know what happened at that crappy 7-11.

  • Fast45

    Maybe Hickenlooper, Fields, and Hancock can work together to pass laws declaring convenience stores to be “gun-free zones” so things like this won’t happen …

    Please save us, Hick!

  • Anonymous

    @PappyCHULO you sound like a predator. Ever been on Dateline?

    @sara I strongly advise not contact PappyCHULO. There is something very wrong with this miscreant’s mind. In fact, I don’t even feel comfortable being in the same forum tread…

  • mark edwards

    Good ending, this career criminal was finally stopped for good before he killed someone. Good job officers, throw his body in a trash bin and move on.

  • Tiffany

    How about you all just grow up. Maybe Karma will meet u. And as for the Bong i dont smoke never have never will :) how about all you haters get a life with your negativity. Thank you everyone who has stuck up for the Leroux Family. For the “victim” just saying look at her she didnt apear to be too shook up or upset!

  • Adrian

    RIP BLAS!!! Luv you brother there is always two sides to every story. To all the idiots with the negative comments watch it karma will creep up behind you when you least expect it “711”

  • Robert Gift

    ^ Haha. Ain’t no such thing as karma. (If you believe such, I have a religion to sell to you. Any will do.)
    Yes, his two sides are criminal and dead criminal.
    If you knew him, why did you not talk to him about changing his ways?
    Sorry that he caused his death by threatening another human being.
    He merely needed to let the woman go and give himself up. So easy. Why did he not?

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