Thornton officer stable after shootout; suspect killed

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THORNTON, Colo. -- A 30-year police veteran was shot and a suspect is dead after a shootout early Wednesday morning, the Thornton Police Department said.

At about 12:50 a.m., the officer observed a vehicle with no lights on as it turned into the RTD parking lot at 8703 N. Grant St.

As the officer approached the vehicle, the suspect got out and shot the officer with a shotgun. The officer returned fire, but the suspect got back into his vehicle and left the parking lot.

The wounded officer chased the suspect southbound on Grant Street and two other officers joined the chase. The suspect stopped in the 8600 block of North Grant Street and got out of his vehicle, police said.

He approached the officers with a shotgun when officers opened fire. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene and no other officers were injured.

The injured officer was taken to a hospital with multiple wounds and is listed in stable condition, police said.

The suspect has not been identified, pending notification of next of kin by the Adams County Coroner's Office.

The shooting remains an active and open investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Thronton police tip line at 720-977-5069.