Denver Police and Westminster Police believe the incidents are related and they consider the suspect armed and extremely dangerous.
DPD conducted a traffic stop Nov. 6 at 12:33 a.m. and got into a shootout with the occupant of the car. DPD pulled the driver over at 4500 block of West 1st Avenue. When the officers approached the car, the driver fired at them, police say. He drove off and was last seen in the area of West 5th Avenue and Bryant Street.
"If he's willing to shoot at a police officer, who is to say that he wouldn't shoot at a citizen," Denver Police Public Information Officer Raquel Lopez said.
Vicene Arvizo, 13, was on the couch in the living room.
"I heard one gunshot. It was loud. And then I heard three more. I just got scared," Arvizo said. "I stayed lying down until it was done and then I ran upstairs and woke up everyone."
Arvizo's father said the bullet hit less than two feet from his 8th grade son.
"I would have died. I think that I'm lucky to be alive," the 13-year-old said.
Early Wednesday morning, at 2:45 a.m. a Westminster Police officer conducted a traffic stop at Sheridan Boulevard and West 72nd Avenue.
The officer got out of his car; the suspect shot at the officer.
Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke said the officer was "grazed" by the bullet, treated and released.
"To have disregard for anybody that is around is a scary thing. We consider him armed and extremely dangerous. Please don't approach him. Call 911," Spottke said.
Westminster Police describe the car as a silver or grey, 2000, 4-door Cadillac, with a temporary tag and red primer on the back end. The driver is described as a Native American man.
Denver's description is similar. Police are looking for a Hispanic or Native American male, approximately mid 20's to 30's, with long dark hair. The vehicle is described as primer or hand painted gray 2000 Cadillac Deville with black tinted windows. The vehicle may also have a broken passenger side window and has a South Dakota license plate 49CAR9.
Denver Police Spokesman John White told 9NEWS, "there are similarities between the two suspects." They're looking closely at both cases.
Several metro area police agencies have been told to be on the lookout for this man and are asking the public for help.
If you have information regarding this incident, please call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to: CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or contact at www.metro-denvercrimestoppers.com/contact-us. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash award up to $2,000.
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