3 officers injured during arrest in Thornton; suspect dead

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THORNTON, Colo. -- Three officers were injured as they were arresting a suspect after a possible drug deal on Thursday night, the Thornton Police Department said.

It happened around 10:45 p.m. at the Western Convenience Store at 9190 N. Huron St. Police received a call about a possible narcotics transaction involving two trucks in the parking lot, police said.

When police arrived, they confronted a suspect who fled on foot across the street. Another suspect then attacked the officer, police said.

After a Federal Heights police officer deployed his stun gun, the suspect experienced a medical episode and was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead about 12:30 a.m., police said.

Three Thornton police officers were taken to a hospital for injuries. They were treated and released with varying degrees of injuries. None was serious.

Police said they recovered a substantial amount of money and a large quantity of narcotics from the suspect’s vehicle.

The suspect has not been identified.

The incident remains under investigation. The officers have been placed on administrative leave until the investigation concludes, which is standard procedure.