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ICE agent shoots man who fled traffic stop in southwest Denver

DENVER -- A man was injured after a shooting involving an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent on Friday morning, the Denver Police Department said.

The shooting happened about 8:45 a.m. at West Louisiana Avenue and South Inca Street in southwest Denver, just west of the South Platte River.

Police said ICE agents attempted to make a traffic stop of a person of interest at South Huron Street and West Louisiana Avenue.

The man got out of the vehicle and took off. A foot chase ensued for about a block and after an unknown confrontation, an ICE agent shot the suspect, police said.

"There was some type of confrontation. To what degree and what prompted the ICE officer to take the shot, that's all part of the investigation," Denver police chief Robert White said.

The bullet grazed the man's forehead and he was detained. He suffered nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

"The particulars behind why they stopped the individual is unknown and is part of the investigation," White said.

In a statement Friday night, ICE regional spokesman Gregory Palmore said agents stopped the vehicle "while conducting  a targeted arrest of an individual with conviction for unlawful sexual contact."

Palmore said the incident was referred to the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility for further investigation.