Police shoot, kill murder suspects on Thornton golf course

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Police shoot, kill murder suspects on Thornton golf course

from: Web staff, Deborah Takahara

Posted: 08/18/2021 / 12:44 PM MDT
Updated: 8/18/2021 / 6:49 PM MDT

THORNTON, Colo. (KDVR) – Northglenn and Thornton police shot dead a murder suspect Wednesday.

Police said the shooting occurred on 136th Avenue and Washington Street on Thorncreek Golf Course.

Washington St is closed from 120th Ave to 136th Avenue. 136th Avenue closed from Grant St to Washington St on crime scenes while officials are investigating. UPDATE HERE. pic.twitter.com/V3lvmEB2j6

– Northglenn PD PIO (@NorthglennPDPIO) August 18, 2021

The Northglenn Police announced further details in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the press release, Northglenn officials attempted to contact the suspect – previously identified only as male – around 11:30 a.m. on the 300 block on Malley Drive. The suspect escaped in a vehicle and drove north on Washington Street before stopping at the golf course by the roadside on 136th Avenue.

“The suspect pulled out a gun and shots were exchanged. The suspect was shot and taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, ”the statement said.

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FOX31’s Deborah Takahara spoke to witnesses to the incident as it was a busy time on the course and dozens of golfers and local residents watched the shooting.

“Leisure day … Boom Boom Boom, 100 meters away from us. We saw the whole thing go under, ”said Jeff Isenhart, who was in the middle of his golf game and said it was right in front of him.

He said the officers chased a man across the golf course and ended up near the driving range. “He’s going with you, five officers give him the order to come down, down. He turned around, fired a shot at the officers, and they shot back. I dropped him right there, “said Isenhart.

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You hear sirens on a neighbor’s ring doorbell, then a series of gunshots.

“Two police officers immediately yelled at the golfers to get out of here, they knew it was a tricky situation,” said Kevin Green.

Green was working from his house across the street when he heard sirens and came out to see the shooting.

“You could certainly see the cops chasing the guy, when he turned around, you could see that he had a gun and that he was at least aiming at the cops,” said Green.

These witnesses say it was surreal and everything happened so quickly.

“You’re watching the guy and all these cops come on the scene and just a split second he turned around and fired. That was a wild day. Something to talk about at Christmas, ”said Isenhart.

No officers were injured. The Adams County Critical Incident Response Team and the Adams County District Attorney are investigating. All officers involved were given paid administrative leave.

The suspect’s identity will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once the next of kin are notified.

This is breaking news. Please check again for updates.

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