Denver police to fire guns Friday night to test ShotSpotter system

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DENVER -- Don't be alarmed if you hear gunfire in Denver on Friday night because the city will be testing its high-tech ShotSpotter system. It's a crime-fighting tool designed to notify police when gunfire breaks out.

ShotSpotter uses cameras and microphones to alert police the second a gun goes off. The system being tested is in District 2 and District 4, in the northeast and southwest parts of the city. And police stress there will be no danger to the public.

“I  know the testing will be safe," said Marcus Fountain with the Denver Police Department. "We will be capturing all the rounds in a trap. We also have a shield behind the trap."

Police said they plan to spread the word to specific neighborhoods to alert them of the shots before the go off. When the city first tested the system last year, it didn't give notifications and it ended up apologizing for upsetting some residents.

The testing will be done from 8 p.m. to midnight. The exact locations will not be revealed and it is not being deployed citywide.

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