Neighbors react to arrest of cop accused of falsely reporting shooting

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COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A quiet neighborhood in Commerce City is shaken by new developments involving the police officer on their block.

“He’s always been my friend and I want him to know that I’m here for him if he needs any help at all,” said one neighbor of more than 10 years. “I feel for the guy.”

“My kids have always appreciated him being on our street, so he’s always been a great guy,” said another neighbor of eight years.

Commerce City Police Officer Kevin Lord was arrested Friday night after he was accused of false reporting. Lord said he was shot by a driver during a traffic stop nearly a week ago. An investigation ensued, including a composite sketch, a description of a possible suspect’s vehicle and even a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“What I will tell you is that (Thursday) night the investigation went a different direction,” Commerce City District Attorney Dave Young said.

Lord has been charged with attempt to influence a public servant, which is a Class 4 felony, and false reporting to authorities, which is a misdemeanor. He posted a $5,000 bond and was released early Saturday morning.

“I’m very thankful for the help that we have had in this investigation and I’m disappointed in the conclusion that it has come to,” Commerce City Police Chief Troy Smith said.

The Commerce City Police Department says Lord is entitled to a fair trial and since the case has been sealed, they cannot give any details about the investigation.

“This is not a reflection of the Commerce City Police Department nor is it a reflection of police officers that serve and protect the public on a daily basis,” Young said.

As for Lord’s long-time neighbors, they’re waiting on the facts.

“I don’t think it’s fair to make a judgement yet,” said one neighbor. “In my mind I have to reserve all judgement until all the facts have been established.”

“If he has done something wrong and needs someone to lean on, then I’m here for him in his corner,” said another neighbor.

Officer Lord was placed on administrative leave after the incident on Sunday, and his status remains the same as a trial will now unfold.