Suspect shot by 3 Westminster officers dies, Denver and Aurora police investigating shooting

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DENVER (KDVR) – A woman who called police twice in the past year to report her allegedly violent ex-boyfriend is what led to a shooting involving Westminster officers Friday night in the 5300 block of Billings Street of Denver.  

Drew Lucero was wanted for attempted homicide in a domestic violence situation and when police tried to take take the 37-year-old into custody, he produced a handgun and shot at them, DPD said.

According to the Denver Police Department, three of the four Westminster police officers present fired 27 rounds at Lucero. After being struck “multiple times,” life-saving measures were performed before he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, DPD reported.

The first disturbance incident between Lucero and the woman happened on Sept. 16, 2020. Police were called to the 4100 block of 72nd Avenue. The victim said she was shot by her ex-boyfriend, who had fled the scene.

The case was assigned to Westminster detectives, who have been working on the case since that time and issued a warrant for his arrest.

On Thursday around 5:15 p.m., the female victim again called police to report Lucero had returned to her home and made threatening statements and damaged property.

Due to the location of the shooting, Denver and Aurora police along with the Denver district attorney’s office will investigate the shooting.

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