Suspect charged in death of Denver police officer

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Rollin Oliver (Photo: Facebook)

Rollin Oliver (Photo: Facebook)

DENVER — The man accused of shooting and killing a Denver police officer during a jazz concert at City Park June 24th, is now formally charged with first degree murder, extreme indifference.

Investigators say 21-year-old Rollin Oliver fired shots into a crowd and one of those hit Officer Celena Hollis in the head, killing her.

Local attorney David Beller says the charge is appropriate. “Extreme indifference murder means that he did not intend to kill the police officer, however he engaged in conduct that was so willful, so wanton, so without regard of human life, that the law treats this as though he intended to kill her,” Beller said.

He says shooting into a crowd and killing someone is the textbook example of this charge. 

Out of the three different forms of first degree murder, this one, Beller says,  is the easiest to prove because attorneys don’t have to prove intent or premeditation.  

Oliver is being held in the Denver jail without bond.

His next court appearance is scheduled Thursday, July 5. He will be formally advised of the charge at that time.

Detectives continue to meet with witnesses this week and they may conduct additional photo line-ups, so a booking photo isn’t available yet.

The investigation into Officer Hollis’ murder continues. Investigators ask anyone who saw what happened or who has information related to the case to call Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-STOP (7867). They particularly want any photos of the crowd.

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