Armed suspect seen dragging ex-wife out of apartment shot by Westminster officer

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WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- An armed suspect was injured in an officer-involved shooting while dragging his ex-wife at an apartment complex on Thursday morning, the Westminster Police Department said.

Officers responded about 9:20 a.m. to a 911 call after a woman said her ex-husband had stolen her handgun on Wednesday and was threatening to kill her.

When officers arrived to the Terrance Gardens apartment complex at 7100 Hooker St., near West 71st Avenue and Federal Boulevard, they saw the suspect dragging the woman outside at gunpoint.

According to police, the suspect pointed the gun at an officer while he was leaving the apartment.

One officer opened fire, hitting the suspect, who was in the interior courtyard of the complex, police said.

"It was three large, almost explosions," resident Jason Bell said. "They were so loud and very precise. Three in a row.

"I rushed my dogs into the back bedroom because I didn't want anything to happen."

The woman told police that her ex-husband was out on parole and showed up to her apartment.

The suspect was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition. The woman was evaluated at the scene and did not go to a hospital.

No officers were injured, police said.

The 17th Judicial Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the shooting.

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