Nine officers fired their guns at a suspect on Friday who had shot at multiple people, carjacked a vehicle and led officers on a high-speed chase, according to the Denver Police Department (DPD).
Matt Clark, DPD commander of the Major Crimes Division, gave that update on Monday on the officer-involved shooting that happened Friday afternoon at West 1st Avenue and Perry Street in the Barnum neighborhood.
No officers or civilians were injured during the incident. Clark identified the suspect as Cedrick Vick, 22.
Police were called about 4:15 p.m. Friday when five people contacted 911 to report a man acting strangely and waving a handgun near a playground in the area of Morrison Road and West Ohio Avenue, Clark said. A sixth caller reported hearing gunshots, he said.
At the scene, a woman holding an infant told an officer that a man had stolen her vehicle at gunpoint. The woman said that the man had fired a shot at her while she had tried to get a child out of the vehicle and then drove away, Clark said.
Soon after, two more DPD officers spotted the vehicle going north on Quitman Street near Morrison Road. The man in the vehicle fired a shot at the officers in the 500 block of Quitman, according to Clark.
At that point, DPD authorized a pursuit: "That was an individual who posed a significant risk to the community and needed to be stopped," Clark said.
About four and a half minutes later, after a high-speed pursuit through a residential area, the stolen vehicle lost control, jumped a curb and crashed in a yard at 1st and Perry, he said.
The man opened the vehicle door and acted erratically, while ignoring officers' commands for him to exit the vehicle. After about a minute, the man fired two shots at officers. Nine DPD officers fired at the man multiple times, killing him, Clark said.
The entire incident from the first 911 calls to when officers shot and killed the suspect took about 11 minutes, Clark said.
DPD recovered a handgun from the vehicle, as well as empty shell casings. One of the shots that the suspect fired at officers after the crash hit a vehicle, and the other hit a house, DPD said.
Officers learned later that the suspect had fired multiple shots at another female victim prior to the carjacking. None of the victims were injured, Clark said.
Records show that Vick has been arrested multiple times on charges including robbery, menacing, property damage and possession of a weapon by a previous offender in Denver and Aurora.
The officers involved in the incident, who have worked for DPD between two and 15 years, were wearing body cameras that were activated. They were placed on administrative leave, per department policy, Clark said.
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