DENVER (KDVR) — The police officer shot in the neck by a handcuffed suspect late Monday evening at Denver jail has been released from the hospital.
The suspect in the incident has been identified as 33-year-old Daniel Cheeseman.
The officer was removing Cheeseman from a police car at the downtown Denver jail when Cheeseman reportedly shot the officer with what DPD believes was a concealed weapon. At least one other officer on scene shot Cheeseman multiple times according to DPD.
FOX31 reached out to James Ponzi, a retired DPD police lieutenant and associate professor of criminology to see how weapons can be missed during searches. He said he doesn’t know all the circumstances of this exact situation but shared his insight from 35 years as an officer.
“You have to touch places you wouldn’t normally touch because that’s where people hide stuff,” Ponzi said.
Ponzi also stated it’s important for officers even if they find one weapon to look for additional, even some that might not be directly on the suspect.
“Before you put the suspect in the backseat of the police car you need to pull the backseat out and check for weapons cause it’s happened before where a previous officer at the end of his shift didn’t check the back seat and a previous suspect, in order to not be charged in carrying a weapon pushed that weapon down behind the back of the seat,” Ponzi said.
Ponzi said there are a lot of mysteries here and he imagines answers will come out during the investigation.
“What every officer needs to remember is when you search that car and suspect, your life could depend on it,” Ponzi said.
Cheeseman is reported to be in critical but stable condition. He is now under investigation for the attempted murder of a peace officer and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
The officer who was shot will continue recovering at home.