Officer ‘improving’ after shootout with suspect in southwest Denver

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DENVER -- A Denver police officer injured in a shootout early Saturday remained hospitalized Sunday, but officials with the department said the officer's condition is improving.

John Allred had been on the job less than a year when he exchanged shots with a suspect outside a home in the 2800 block of South Quitman Street in southwest Denver.

Police released the name of the officer and the suspect on Monday.

Police had responded to a report of a man in crisis at about 4:30 a.m. Witnesses told arriving officers the suspect was suicidal.

A police spokesman said the officers were able to speak with him outside of the home.

“They learned that he was armed. Some other officers tried to use less lethal means to get him into custody, but they were ineffective," police said.

The suspect, Brandon Gerwing, opened fire and Allred was shot in the leg. Other officers then shot the suspect.

Allred had surgery at Denver Health Medical Center on Saturday afternoon and was listed in in serious but stable condition.

Gerwing was taken to Swedish Medical Center, where he was in critical but stable condition after surgery.

No one else was hurt in the incident.