DENVER (KDVR) — A shelter-in-place was lifted Thursday morning for a neighborhood near Cheesman Park. Denver police took seven suspects into custody in connection to a burglary.
Neighbors tell FOX31 police began surrounding the neighborhood around 11 p.m. Wednesday night. Officers said they were attempting to contact suspects about a burglary taking place in the 1300 block of Lafayette Street.
“What woke me up were like piercing sirens and then I can hear voices. And what I heard was this is the Denver Police come out with your hands up,” Neighbor Tamara Montes De Oca said.
When officers arrived, they found multiple people inside the home with around $10,000 worth of items. One of the suspects had a firearm and discharged it during the burglary.
Sources told FOX31 some of the suspects were captured in an alley trying to escape.
Police said a shot was fired as they arrived, but that gunfire was accidental and not aimed at them.
DPD said multiple suspects had already been detained before the shelter-in-place was issued. After the situation was resolved, police said one additional suspect was taken into custody.
The shelter in place was lifted close to 6 a.m. Thursday morning.
Neighbors were left rattled.
“I did not expect it to be to that extent. That is so scary because it could have been us. We literally live here,” Montes De Oca said.
Others tells us the arrest of the 7 suspects come after a string of other crimes in the neighborhood.
“It is a bit crazy because it’s not the first time something’s happened there was a carjacking over with another resident,” neighbor Justin Hodges said.