Thornton, Co. Police Officer shot on ‘routine traffic stop’. Suspect killed

During the early hours of Wednesday morning a Thornton, Colorado made a routine traffic stop that turned deadly leaving an officer injured and his assailant dead.

Thornton, Co.  At about 1:00 A.M. near the intersection of 88th and 8703 North Grant St. a 30 year Thornton Police Officer attempted to make a routine traffic stop of a motorist for having no headlights on near the RTD station lot. 

After engaging the motorist in conversation the Officer was returning to his vehicle and when his back was turned the motorist exited his vehicle and shot the officer with a shotgun. The Officer was able to return fire and the suspect fled in his vehicle.

The Officer called for backup and two other officers joined the original Officer at the scene and were able to follow the suspect to the middle of the road at Grant Street. That is where he stopped the vehicle and engaged the Officers. Gunfire broke out between officers and the suspect leaving the suspect dead.

The initial officer who has not been identified as of yet was taken to the hospital where he was treated multiple gunshot wounds. He is listed as being in stable condition.

The suspect has not been named yet.

No motive has been given for the attack yet and the matter is still under investigation by the Adams County Critical Incident Team. Anyone with information is asked to call the Thornton Police Tip Line at 720-977-5069

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