Deputy was shot by police officer during arrest of triple murder suspect

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An officer was shot trying to arrest a suspect in Denver. (Photo SkyFOX)

An officer was shot trying to arrest a suspect in Denver. (Photo SkyFOX)

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DENVER — An Adams County sheriff’s deputy was shot by a police officer from Thornton during an attempt to arrest a man wanted for a triple murder, Denver Police said Monday.

The deputy was taken to the hospital after the friendly fire shooting and released that night after treatment.  His name has not been released.

The deputy, along with officers from the Thornton Police Department and Denver Police Department, were following leads to a suspect wanted for allegedly killing three people in an Adams County home on Dec. 10.

The officers converged on 40th Avenue and Clay Street in Denver while trying to find Furmen Leyba.

Around 3:50 p.m., they spotted Leyba, along with another person, leave a home, said Denver police.

Officers tried to talk to Leyba, but he ran away, police said, leading them on a brief foot chase.

“While the suspect was being taken into custody a Thornton officer fired his weapon and an Adams County sheriff’s deputy was struck,” Denver Police said in a statement.

Citing an ongoing investigation by Adams County deputies, the statement said Denver Police would “not go into any details about the arrest or circumstances surrounding that arrest.”

A woman who was with Leyba, Venesa Sanchez-Lopez, 32, was arrested on a  criminal trespassing charge, police said.

Authorities have also arrested Gabriel Flores, who was also wanted in connection with the triple homicide.

Gabriel Flores (left) and  Furmen Leyba (right) have been charged with their alleged roles in a triple homicide.
Gabriel Flores (left) and Furmen Leyba (right) have been charged with their alleged roles in a triple homicide.

Flores, 41, is facing 21 counts, including three counts of first-degree murder, three counts of felony murder, one count of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated robbery.

Leyba, 30, was charged with 13 counts, including three counts of first-degree murder and three counts of aggravated robbery. Both men were ordered held without bond.

Jason Quizada, 37, Johnny Gutierrez, 18, and Jayson Figueroa, 17, were named as the three who were shot and killed in an Adams County home Wednesday.

The Adams County District Attorney’s Office alleges Flores and Leyba also took money, firearms, drugs and credit cards at the residence.

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