Commerce City officer who lied about shooting gets probation

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BRIGHTON, Colo. — A former Commerce City police officer who was accused of lying about being shot during a traffic stop pleaded guilty Friday.

Kevin Lord pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence and false reporting in a plea deal with prosecutors. He was sentenced by Adams County District Judge Robert Kiesnowski to three years probation, 500 hours of community service and a mental health evaluation.

Lord told investigators he was shot on Nov. 8 by a suspect during a traffic stop in the 9700 block of Peoria Street. Police released a sketch of a suspect and offered a $20,000 reward as they searched numerous neighborhoods.

He was arrested Nov. 13 after investigators found he had not been shot at close range during the traffic stop as he claimed.

“The terms of this plea agreement and sentence will assure that Mr. Lord will never be allowed to be police officer again,” Adams County District Attorney Dave Young said. “This was a very difficult investigation that no one in law enforcement would want to ever encounter again.”

Lord joined the Commerce City Police Department in 2007. He resigned on Nov. 18 after being arrested.

“He truly breached the trust we hold in our law enforcement officers,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Rhoda Pilmer said at the sentencing hearing. “I and District Attorney Dave Young saw how crushing this was on the law enforcement community when they learned that it was one of their own who perpetrated this on himself.”