Crime Denver-area shooting leaves three dead, including police officer and suspect
Undercover deputies who fatally shot a Black man in Minneapolis won't be identified
Authorities said the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Winston Smith Jr. won't be identified after days of protests demanding transparency.Officers from six law enforcement agencies, including Hennepin and Ramsey County sheriff’s offices, were part of a U.S. Marshals Service task force that attempted to arrest Winston Smith, 32, a father of three, on a weapons violation June 3. Smith, who was in a parked vehicle on a parking ramp, didn't comply and “produced a handgun resulting in task force members firing upon the subject," according to the U.S. Marshals.
A police officer in Denver and a suspect were both killed during an eruption of gunfire, which also left at least one other person dead.
Officers on Monday were responding to a report of suspicious activity in Arvada’s Olde Town Square — a downtown district packed with shops, breweries and restaurants — around 1:15 p.m., Ed Brady, the deputy chief of the Arvada Police Department, said at a news conference. About 15 minutes later, a 911 caller said gunfire broke out in the area and that an officer had been shot.
John Garrod, of Arvada, stands holding a blue line flag at the beginning of a line of about 30 police cars lined up for a procession in honor of the officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., on Monday, June 21. A gunfight between two men and police officers at a shopping district in a Denver suburb left an officer and one of the suspects dead, authorities said Monday. (Colleen Slevin/)
The officer was identified later the same evening as Gordon Beesley in a statement from authorities to
Shooting spree suspect thought people were after him for prior shooting: Police
The suspect in a shooting spree in metropolitan Phoenix is a security guard who allegedly told police he believed people were after him due to a separate shooting. Ashin Tricarico, 19, of Surprise, California, was charged Friday with first-degree murder, aggravated assault, drive-by shooting and endangerment in connection with the shootings, which left one person dead and a dozen others injured. There may be additional charges based on the investigation, police said.
“Officer Gordon Beesley has been with the Arvada Police Department for 19 years,” Detective David Snelling wrote in the release. “He was a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School and was working patrol while school was out for the summer. Officer Beesley’s family is asking for privacy at this time.”
People line the street with flags during a procession in honor of an officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., Monday, June 21. (Colleen Slevin/)
The suspect as well as a member of the community, dubbed a “Samaritan” by law enforcement, also died from wounds sustained during the afternoon violence, which prompted an hours-long shelter-in-place alert. It was lifted around 5 p.m., but a second alert was issued again a short time later Monday evening out of an abundance of caution.
It was later lifted around 8:45 p.m.
No further details have been provided in the shooting, but authorities have said they believe it was an isolated incident and that there is no additional threat to the community.
Neither the name of the suspect nor the identity of the shooting victim have been released as of Tuesday morning.
“We know there are many rumors already floating around, this is still and active investigation and we will not be able to address or confirm rumors,” Detective David Snelling wrote in a press release. “At this time we believe this was an isolated incident and there is no continued threat to our community.”
3 Honolulu police officers face charges in fatal shooting .
HONOLULU (AP) — Three Honolulu police officers appeared in court on Friday to face charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Micronesian boy, the first cases of their kind against law enforcement in the city in more than 40 years. The officers were not asked to enter pleas during the hearing, when they were officially informed of the charges that they face. The April 5 shooting killed Iremamber Sykap, who police and prosecutors have said was driving a stolen car linked to an armed robbery, burglary, purse-snatching and car theft. Sykap led officers on a chase immediately before the shooting, authorities have said.