Suspect and officers identified in weekend shooting

Denver Police have released new details about the officer-involved shooting that happened on South Quitman Street near west Yale Avenue on Saturday morning.

DENVER - The name of the officers and suspect involved in a shooting early Saturday morning in northwest Denver were released on Monday. 

According to Denver Police, officers responded to the 2800 block of South Quitman Street at 4:30 a.m. on a report of a man who was telling others he was suicidal. 

When officers arrived, they approached a male standing in his garage and tried for 25 minutes to resolve the situation peacefully. 

Incident Commander Barb Archer of the Major Crimes Division said the man then pulled out a handgun and rapidly approached officers firing his gun. 

The first officer fired his taser gun, at the same time the second officer fired his gun. This is common practice, according to Archer.

Officer John Allred was shot taken to Denver Health. He remains stable. 

The suspect involved in the shooting, Brandon Gerwing, was struck several times and was taken to Swedish Medical Center. Archer said the suspect remains in critical condition.

Gerwing, who is 23 years old, is being held for investigation of first-degree murder and assaulting an officer.

Allred has only been active a year and has only been a solo officer for three weeks.

Sergeant Chad Kendell is an 11 year veteran and has been placed on administrative leave. 

Once Allred has recovered, he will be interviewed by the Major Crimes Division which should been some time next week.

Police were called to the Gerwing home in October for a similar situation that was resolved peacefully.

The suspect has no prior criminal history.

Police said there were other people were inside the home at the time, but there are no other injuries. 

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