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Man shot by Glendale police officer dies

A Glendale officer was injured in the incident, according to Denver Police.

GLENDALE, Colo. — The man who was shot by a Glendale police officer Saturday night has died.

The Denver Office of the Medical Examiner (OME) identified the man as 36-year-old John Pacheaco Jr.

According to the Denver Police Department (DPD), Glendale officers were making contact with an unresponsive Pacheaco, who was in a pickup truck, in the northbound lanes of South Colorado Boulevard near Alameda Avenue when shots were fired. Pacheaco was hit by gunfire.

A Glendale Police spokesman said the incident happened within Denver city limits, right near the Glendale line. 

Pacheaco accelerated in reverse, crashing into an unmarked Glendale Police SUV with an officer inside, according to police.

Pacheco was taken into custody, DPD said, then taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The officer in the SUV was taken to the hospital by another officer, DPD said. His injuries were minor and he was released from the hospital that night, according to Glendale Police, but he has not yet returned to work because of those injuries. 

A DPD commander said he didn't have any information about whether Pacheaco had a weapon.  

A criminal background search shows Pacheaco had a record that included jail time for drugs, aggravated motor vehicle theft and escape. 

The incident will be investigated by the Denver Police Department, the Denver District Attorney's Office and the Aurora Police Department, DPD said. 

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