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Denver Police: Suspect shot during hostage situation in Denver

10:36 PM, Jan 13, 2014   |    comments
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DENVER - Denver police say they shot and critically a wounded a man who tried to use a woman as a human shield while trying to escape from a 7-Eleven convenience store.

It happened off West Colfax Avenue in the 1400 block of Perry Street.

According to Denver Police Chief Robert White, police first arrived on the scene around 8:30 a.m., after receiving a call about a suspicious individual.

Officers found the suspect inside and he was holding two people hostage. After negotiating with the suspect for about an hour, police were able to get the suspect outside. However, the suspect was holding a woman in front of him, like a shield.

When the suspect refused to release the woman, he started to drag her back into the 7-Eleven with him.

At that point, a Denver Police officer fired a shot, striking the suspect. The suspect was taken to a local hospital and is in critical condition.

Both victims are safe.

Like it is most Monday mornings, the 7-Eleven drew a crowd.

"Colfax was closed, so we went around and saw the different sirens," said one customer.

But a full-sized police response had even more wondering what was going on. Those close enough to the store saw for themselves.

"The guy had come out with the lady in front of him," Anthony Flores said.

Flores said he witnessed the shooting.

He described seeing the man holding the the hostage at the waist in front of the store

"He was tugging on her and the next thing you know, the swat team just shot," Flores said.

There were three hostages inside the 7-Eleven, two employees and a customer. During that time, one managed to escape but two were still trapped.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation with The Associated Press)

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