Fight over cab fare ends with two Boulder officers hurt, suspect shot

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BOULDER, Colo. -- A man is in custody after a standoff with Boulder Police that started with a fight over a cab fare and ended with two officers injured early Friday morning.

The hours-long incident at 11th Street and East College Avenue began about 1 a.m. after a man ran from police following an altercation about a cab fare and barricaded himself inside an apartment building, Boulder Police Department spokeswoman Sarah Huntley said.

The man pointed a gun at officers, three of whom opened fire. Two officers suffered minor injuries, including one who was hit in the leg by a bullet fragment. It's unclear which gun the bullet fragment came from. The officer was treated and released. A second officer who was reported to being down was cleared medically.

The Boulder SWAT team was called out and the man was taken to Boulder Community Hospital with serious gunshot wounds about 3:45 a.m., Huntley said.

The apartment building and surrounding area were evacuated, and the apartment building is expected to be off-limits to residents for several hours as police investigate the incident.


  • Test

    Always be sure of your target and what is behind it. Maybe magazine capacity limits should be cumulative. One officer gets 15 rounds, but three officers only get 5 rounds each. There’s always a SWAT team on call and the rifle in the car to fall back on.

  • Anonymous

    So the police needed special weapons and tactics to come in for one guy with a handgun? And here all along I thought our police which are public servants had already been militarized. If a guy runs away because of a cab fair is it worth running him down and having an altercation involving firearms where people are shot? No its not.

  • Carl Youngblood

    Maybe the Boulder PD should be a little more concerned about the 5 dead bodies that have turned up all over town in the last 2 months. But I guess that would take some actual detective work….not their strong suit. It’s easier to get away with murder in Boulder than skip out on cab fare.

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