No charges for Denver officer involved in August shooting

DENVER — An shooting involving a Denver police officer in the summer was found to be legally justified and no charges will be filed, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

The shooting happened just before 5 p.m. on Aug. 16 in the parking lot of Denver Community Credit Union at 1095 Federal Blvd. and involved officer Jeffrey Heinis.

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Officers found a vehicle that had been taken in a carjacking in Arapahoe County. When officers approached the vehicle, three suspects got out and took off running.

A 17-year-old male suspect was carrying a gun and an investigation by the Denver and Aurora police departments found Heinis shot him in the leg.

“My review convinces me that a jury following the law governing the use of force by a police officer would not find beyond a reasonable doubt that Corporal Heinis used unlawful force,” District Attorney Mitch Morrissey wrote in a letter the Denver police chief Robert White.

“Therefore, criminal charges against Corporal Heinis are not warranted.”

The suspect was charged with felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and motor vehicle theft, the district attorney’s office said.

He pleaded guilty to the menacing charge in November and was committed to the Division of Youth Corrections for at least one year.