Suspects could still be at large after Denver officer shot, critically wounded

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Denver police officer in critical condition after being shot during traffic stop.

DENVER (CBS4)– Denver Police Officer Antonio Lopez Jr. remained in critical condition Tuesday night after being shot by a suspect earlier that morning. A police spokesman says Lopez was making a “routine traffic stop” near 37th Avenue and Federal Boulevard when a suspect from that vehicle opened fire and sped off.

Shortly before 1 p.m. local time, the police said on Twitter that Lopez’s condition was “critical but stable.” Police officers were scouring northwest Denver for a suspect, and it was unclear if this shooting was related to anything else in the region, the department said. The Denver public school system said that four schools — an elementary school, a middle school and a high school, along with a dual-language school for toddlers and elementary-aged students — were initially locked down due to the nearby police activity. Trauma surgeons say there are two reasons Lopez survived: quick action by paramedics who used tourniquets to stop bleeding from the officer’s extremities and his bulletproof vest, which stopped at least two round that would have been fatal. “He was about as close to dying as you can get from blood loss,” says Dr. That was shifted at the four schools from a lockdown to a lockout, which is typically when there is a possible threat or danger outside of the school rather than inside. Gene Moore, Chief Trauma Surgeon at Denver Health. “If the paramedics didn’t put tourniquets on his legs he could have died.” Lopez suffered multiple gunshot wounds from a high caliber weapon to his arms and legs.

An employee at Federal Liquors right next to the crime scene also said they were rattled when the shots rang out. “We did spot a vehicle that was leaving the area at a high rate of speed. We did contact that vehicle at 20th and Chestnut,” said Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson. “At that location we found one party inside that vehicle who was suffering from a leg injury.” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock made this statement about Officer Lopez: “We have received good news that Officer Lopez is out of surgery.

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