DENVER -- New information developed Monday in the death of a Metro Taxi driver, who was shot and killed in Green Valley Ranch while working early Saturday morning.
Police said Darren Bloomquist was shot to death about 4:30 a.m.
According to Metro Taxi dispatch, Bloomquist was sent to pick up a man who had given the front gates at 20000 East Mitchell Place as the pickup address.
A Denver police officer found him dead in his cab several hours later just a few blocks down the street.
“Darren was a remarkable man,” said a friend and fellow cab driver who also served in the Air Force with the 49-year-old driver.
The man, too afraid to go on camera, said of Bloomquist, “He’s my brother. Not just my brother soldier but he’s my brother.”
Friends said Bloomquist served in the U.S. Air Force and started moonlighting as a cab driver several years ago to take care of his disabled wife.
“I don’t know why someone wanted to target a cab driver. Who they targeted this time was a great friend. He was a great husband. And they cut his life off too short,” a friend and co-worker said.
“Darren kept his cab immaculate, never cheated a customer and worked his tail off to support his family,” the man said.
It’s Bloomquist, he said, who was cheated.
Around 6 a.m. Saturday, Denver police received a call from Bloomquist’s employer, Metro Taxi, asking officers to do a welfare check on the driver.
“It did show the pickup order was for a Devin and he was supposed to be picked up at 20000 East Michell Place, but again the last they had of it, it was stationary there at Mitchell and Elmira,” an officer over police radio said.
According to Metro Taxi dispatch, Bloomquist stopped responding to his radio after he was called to the pickup at the front gates of the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood.
“Ambulance Code 10. We’ve got a DOA here. Homicide, I’m going to need some more cars,” an officer radioed back to police dispatch.
Police discovered Bloomquist dead.
“Looks like he was robbed. Possible gunshot to the head,” an officer was heard saying on the police radio.
Drivers who are mourning the loss of a friend are also questioning how safe they are on the job.
“I don’t understand why the (Public Utilities Commission) doesn’t allow us to have barriers in our vehicles like they do in the larger cities like New York or Chicago,” Bloomquist's friend said. “His life should not have ended this way.”
Neighbors said the gates at 20000 East Mitchell Place haven’t been shut in months, so anyone can get in. Police said they have no suspects.
Metro Taxi said it will not rest until its driver’s killer is caught.