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Littleton police officer recovering after being shot several times

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 5:34 AM MDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 8:01 AM MDT
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LITTLETON, Colo. (KKTV) - A Colorado police officer continues to recover after he was shot multiple times during a chase early Tuesday morning.

“Police Chief Doug Stephens and the entire Littleton Police Department express their gratitude for the outpouring of love and support shown by the community,” police said in a statement on the city website.

The wounded officer, who has not been identified, was among several dispatched to a Littleton neighborhood around midnight Tuesday on reports of people shooting from a car.

“Officers had a vague description of a vehicle. They were able to contact a vehicle in that area that matched that description. As they did so and they were attempting to contact the parties in the vehicle, two parties fled on foot,” Stephens said.

Police ran after the suspects, following them to an apartment at the corner of Powers Avenue and Bannock Street.

“One of the parties, a male party, entered the apartment complex,” Stephens said. “As he did so, one of the officers was closed behind him. The suspect turned and fired multiple times with a handgun, striking our officer several times.”

Despite his injuries, the officer was able to return fire. A second officer on scene also shot at the suspect, then stopped to helped their wounded colleague.

“As the second officer was attempting to rescue the downed officer, the wounded officer, the suspect was able to flee the area and has not been located,” Stephens said.

Residents in the area of Bannock and Powers were initially told to shelter in place as law enforcement searched for the gunman. The order was lifted hours later once police determined he was no longer in the area.

As of Wednesday morning, the shooter has not been located.

The officer was rushed to the hospital.

“As I came out the front door of my building, they were throwing a police officer in the back seat of a police car and they were yelling. ‘Get him to Swedish! Get him to Swedish!’” a neighbor said.

The officer underwent surgery at the hospital and is now recovering, surrounded by family. His gear may be what saved his life.

“Luckily, he was wearing body armor, so we believe he received a few shots to his torso, which were absorbed by the body armor, he received wounds to his extremities -- his legs, his arms -- and possibly one above his vest on his chest,” Stephens said.

No suspect description has been released at the time of this writing. Anyone with information on the incident or the shooter is urged to call 303-794-1551 immediately.

“This is yet another example of the tragedies our officers face and the risks that they take every single day and night out there when they put their lives on the line,” Stephens said in a news conference Tuesday morning.

He paused as emotion filled his face.

“I’m just tremendously proud of all of them.”

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