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2 police officers injured in Green Valley Ranch shooting expected to be OK

The officers were transported to an area hospital where Aurora Police said they are recovering from their injuries. The suspect was also shot.

DENVER, Colorado — The two Aurora police officers who were injured in a shooting in Green Valley Ranch Monday night are still in the hospital but are in "good spirits", according to a tweet from interim police chief Vanessa Wilson.

She said she met with both officers and their families at the hospital late Monday.

"Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from their injuries," she said in the tweet.

Both are expected to be OK, according to the Aurora Police Department (APD). A suspect was also shot and was in critical condition.

The shooting happened at 4700 block of Argonne Street in Denver,  shortly before 6 p.m. That is near Tower Road and Green Valley Ranch Boulevard. 

Credit: KUSA

Division Chief Ron Thomas with the Denver Police Department (DPD) said officers were following suspects they believed were involved in a series of armed convenience store robberies across the metro area.

Thomas said officers initially contacted the suspects a few blocks east of where the shooting occurred, near East 47th Avenue and Andes Street.

One of the suspects ran from that area and attempted to carjack a vehicle, Thomas said. 

That is when police and the suspect shot at each other, according to Thomas. 

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Two Aurora officers who are assigned to the SWAT team were shot and have non life-threatening injuries, Matthew Longshore with APD said.

The suspect, later identified as 22-year-old Dontari Hudson, was also shot multiple times, according to Thomas, and was brought to Denver Health in critical condition. Hudson has since been released and is being held in the Denver Detention Center under no bond.

Credit: Denver Police

Police said Hudson was arrested for multiple crimes including attempted murder of a peace officer and aggravated robbery. 

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Police have not identified the officers who were injured. 

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