DENVER -- The Denver Police Department detective wounded in an Arvada shooting earlier this week has been released from the hospital.
The detective walked out of Denver Health Medical Center about noon Saturday. First responders greeted him with applause.
GOOD NEWS: @DenverPolice Detective walks out of hospital after heroically intervening in an armed Arvada robbery. Officers, friends and loved ones surrounded @DenverHealthMed entrance to clap for him. @KDVR pic.twitter.com/9u2LOMw7aF
— Nicole Fierro (@FierroNicole) December 21, 2019
About 1:45 p.m. Saturday, DPD identified the officer as Michael Felsoci.
Police say Felsoci was trying to intervene in an armed robbery when the shooting occurred Wednesday morning at a Circle K gas station at West 80th Avenue and Kipling Street.
Felsoci was off duty. He was shot multiple times.
“The worst news that you get as a chief of a police department is hearing one of your officers is shot. And Wednesday morning when we got that news, your heart just sank,” DPD Deputy Chief Barb Archer said, adding, “To see him be able to go home in time for the holidays, for him to be able to spend Christmas with his family, it just lifts your heart and makes everybody feel better.”
Felsoci has been with DPD for 14 years and has been in law enforcement for 29 years total.
Samuel McConnell, 43, allegedly fled the scene but was later arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder and robbery/aggravated assault with intent to wound/kill.
Nicole Fierro contributed to this report.