Commerce City officer shoots gun while trying to arrest suspect; neither hurt

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — An officer shot their gun while trying to arrest a suspect Thursday morning, the Commerce City Police Department said.

Just before 10:45 a.m., officers responded to East 58th Avenue and Newport Street for a report of a man, later identified as Andrew Baca, with a gun who was threatening someone.

When officers arrived, they found a vehicle that matched witnesses’ descriptions.

Officers tried to contact Baca, but he drove away. After a short pursuit, police said Baca abandoned the vehicle near East 52nd Place and Newport.

Police said Baca then ran away with officers pursuing him on foot. Officers found Baca in a convenience store in the 5400 block of Quebec Street.

“While attempting to place the combative male into custody, an officer discharged their duty weapon. Neither the officers nor the suspect was injured,” police said in a statement.

Baca was taken to the Adams County Detention Facility. He faces charges of felony menacing, eluding, resisting arrest and second-degree assault on a police officer.

The Adams County Critical Incident team is investigating the incident.

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