Police search for reason Lakewood man may have shot officers

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. —A multi-agency "shoot team" was searching a suspect's home Sunday, looking for some indication of why he reportedly shot two police officers who came to check on him.

The Lakewood Police officers were shot while responding to a welfare check at the suspect's home in the 9700 block of West Jewell Place  about 10 p.m. Saturday, LPD said.

A woman called police about her despondent husband at their home, LPD said. The husband, who was only identified as a man in his 50s, threatened violence if officers showed up.

One male and one female officer arrived at the scene and immediately began taking fire from a suspect in front of the home, police spokesman Steve Davis said. The male officer was shot in his bullet-resistant vest, and the female officer was also hit. The female officer was able to call for help after suffering a wound, LPD reported.

A third LPD officer arriving on the scene returned fire, striking the suspect, according to police.  The injured officers, as well as the suspect, were transported to a local hospital for treatment and all were expected to survive.

Residents in the area said they thought the sound of gunfire was actually just fireworks.

At least two dozen police vehicles from the Lakewood Police and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene.

Investigators were still on the scene Sunday afternoon.


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