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SWAT officer cleared in shooting of Arvada standoff suspect

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Hostage in Arvada was released shortly after 11 a.m. on Feb. 4, 2014. (Photo: KDVR viewer)

A review of the shooting death of hostage-taker Don Pooley during an Arvada standoff in February found the SWAT officer acted lawfully, an investigation determined. (Photo: KDVR viewer)

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — The Jefferson County District Attorney’s office has cleared the Westminster SWAT officer who shot and killed Don Pooley after an 18-hour hostage standoff in Arvada in February.

The ordeal began Feb. 3 when  Pooley held a 13-year-old in the boy’s home in the 6100 block of Gray Street for 18 hours. Westminster SWAT members killed Pooley, 34, when they entered the home after the boy was released to end the standoff.

The incident was investigated by the Critical Incident Response Team for the First Judicial District and handed to the JeffCo DA’s office. On March 13, the DA’s office determined the officer’s actions were lawful and appropriate.

1 Comment

  • Ann Pirie

    Thank you officers for risking your professions and lives for keeping us safe. Until the DA clears you, no matter how good the shoot, it isn’t over criminally. The department takes a little longer to clear. The experience will never be over.

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