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Attempted murder suspect shot, injured by police in Denver

The shooting happened in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Yale Avenue.

DENVER — A man who was wanted on a warrant for attempted murder out of Arvada was shot and injured by police Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department said. 

Division Chief Ron Thomas said around 3 p.m. Wednesday, officers tracked the suspect to a business in the area of Colorado Boulevard and Yale Avenue in the University Hills neighborhood. Officers set up surveillance and saw the suspect leaving the business with another person, police said.

When uniformed officers moved in, the suspect got into a car, police said. Officers surrounded the car and commanded him to surrender, and he threatened the officers with a gun, police said. 

Thomas said two officers shot the suspect, identified by Arvada police Thursday as 36-year-old Vincent Anthony Martinez. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Police said Thursday that he is expected to survive.

Thomas said it's unclear whether Martinez fired any shots. No officers were injured. 

The person who was with Martinez was also not injured. 

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Police said Martinez was wanted in connection with an attempted homicide Sunday in Arvada. 

That shooting happened around 9 p.m. Sunday in the area of 7131 West 84th Way, Arvada Police Department spokesperson David Snelling said. The victim was a food delivery driver making a delivery to an apartment building. He had double-parked his car in front of a car that had been reported stolen, Snelling said. 

Martinez was sitting in the stolen car and told the victim to move his car, Snelling said. The two exchanged words, then the victim made his delivery. Martinez was waiting when the victim came out of the building, police said. He pulled a gun and fired a round, hitting the victim on the left side of his face. The victim was treated on the scene and released.

Martinez faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree assault, and crime of violence. 

According to an affidavit for Martinez's arrest, he was wanted on seven active felony warrants. That same document says he has a number of prior felony convictions and previous arrests for burglary, assault, motor vehicle theft, assault of a peace officer, resisting arrest and child abuse.

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