Rare Blue Alert issued after Commerce City officer shot

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — After a Commerce City police officer was shot by a man Sunday morning, a Blue Alert was issued by the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.

A Blue Alert is one of six alerts Colorado issues during emergencies. Only two Blue Alerts have been issued in Colorado history since it was created in 2011.

“A Blue Alert is when a peace officer receives serious bodily injury or is killed in the line of duty,” said Chris Angriest, deputy director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigations.

Sunday’s incident left an officer with nonlife-threatening injuries thanks in part to the bulletproof vest he was wearing. The officer was able to get a good look at the suspect’s vehicle, which added to the Blue Alert criteria.

“A Blue Alert is issued when a suspect is unknown, but there’s enough information such as a description of the individual. Maybe a name,” Angriest said.

In Sunday’s case, the suspect’s vehicle is described as a late 1990s model Nissan Pathfinder with possible Colorado license plate numbers 679-UNZ or 697-UNZ.

There are six alerts in Colorado: Amber, Blue, Developmentally Disabled, Senior, Medina and Missing Children.

“All of these are very serious and need to be taken seriously by the public,” Angriest said.

A Blue Alert was issued once in 2014 and this is the first time it has been issued this year.

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