ARVADA - The suspect who was shot and killed by authorities after an 18-hour-long hostage situation in Arvada had absconded from parole.

Don Pooley, 34, failed to report to his parole officer on Jan. 10 of this year, according to the Department of Corrections.

Pooley had an extensive criminal background.

A 9Wants to Know review of criminal case records indicates Pooley had been in and out of jail and prison for much of his adult life for drugs, forgery and eluding police.

Most of Pooley's felony convictions involved drugs, including his latest felony conviction for sneaking drugs into prison in February 2013.

Months after he was caught smuggling drugs into prison, Pooley was paroled from the Colorado Department of Corrections on October 2, 2013.

A DOC spokesperson told 9Wants to Know Pooley was granted discretionary parole after pleading his case to the parole board.

The spokesperson said intensive supervision of Pooley wasn't required during his parole because his criminal past didn't have any violent cases.

9Wants to Know was told documents relating to his October parole will not be disclosed pending the investigation by Arvada Police.

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