Arvada police officer injured by chemical device

ARVADA, Colo. -- An Arvada police officer was injured while removing debris from the road after a male suspect threw a chemical device near the officer.

A chemical reaction created a gas that injured the officer and another person. The officer was transported to a hospital and has been released. The other person was treated on the scene with minor injuries.

It was a bizarre sight that forced Dominic Battista to stop on his way home early Saturday morning.

"There had been a bunch of street signs dislodged and set up as a barricade across the road here on Beech Street," Battista said.

He says he felt uneasy and drove away to call 911. When an officer arrived, Battista says the two of them were picking up the signs, when someone started throwing we he described as "smoke bombs."

Arvada Police described it as a plastic chemical device that created a gas that injured the officer and another person. Police say the officer inhaled the gas and was transported to a hospital and has been released. The other person was treated on the scene with minor injuries.

"There have been multiple occasions where it seems like some pranksters have set up some boobytraps or fishing line or some saran wrap across the road for your car to run into but this one was a little more serious and spooky," Battista said.

The incident occurred near Ralston Valley Park after it was closed.

“I want everyone to know Arvada Police will use every resource available to track down and hold accountable those responsible.” Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said.

The public is asked to contact Detective Heivilin with the Arvada Police Department at 720-898-6733 with any information related to the incident.

This story is developing and will be updated as we learn more.

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