Police shoot, kill Longmont bank robbery suspect at Wheat Ridge motel


WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. — Lakewood Police said Sunday they shot and killed a man suspected of robbing a bank a day earlier in Longmont.

Police spokesperson John Romero said the person who died is Thomas Charles Snyder II, 52, who Longmont police also suspected of stealing a rental vehicle before the armed bank robbery at the Bank of the West on 5th Avenue and Coffman Street.

Lakewood Police said in a press release that the shooting happened Sunday morning after an hours-long standoff at a motel.

Police said they were called around 1 a.m. to the American Motel at 10101 W. Interstate 70 Frontage Road N., where “a wanted adult male was staying at the motel.”

“When I heard the first gunshot the only thing I thought was grab her get on the floor and duck,” motel guest Dillon Griffin said.

SWAT officers arrived on scene and tried to talk the man out of the room for about two hours, according to the release. They said once SWAT officers entered the room about 3:05 a.m., “they encountered the suspect armed with a handgun.”

Police said “multiple commands to drop the weapon were ignored by the suspect and he was subsequently shot” by two Lakewood Police SWAT officers.

Two motel guests heard the shots from their room.

“After the first gunshot we heard the cop yelling at the guy to drop the gun then there were two more after that then nothing,” motel guest Bri Griffin said.

“When I heard the first gunshot the only thing I thought was grab her get on the floor and duck,” Dillon Griffin added.

Those officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, according to the release.

That man was pronounced dead on scene.

Police said the Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team will investigate the shooting.

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