Lakewood Police and male suspect exchange gun fire

The suspect was pronounced dead, and no officers were injured in the incident.

Posted 11/29/18

Shots were exchanged between an armed man and the Lakewood Police Department yesterday evening. Lakewood Police agents were on routine patrol in the area of 13th and Depew, when the witnessed an …

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Lakewood Police and male suspect exchange gun fire

The suspect was pronounced dead, and no officers were injured in the incident.

Posted

Shots were exchanged between an armed man and the Lakewood Police Department on Nov. 28 around 7:20 p.m. 

Lakewood Police agents were on routine patrol in the area of 13th and Depew, when they allegedly witnessed Joe Richard Shorty, age 39, firing rounds from a firearm near the area of Mountair Park, according to a release from the police department. 

Police approached Shorty, but he allegedly refused to comply with officer's orders. Shorty then headed near 13th and Sheridan Boulevard where he stopped and allegedly started to fire more rounds, according to the releasse. Police then returned gun fire at him, and Shorty was fatally wounded. He was later pronounced dead. No Lakewood Police Department agents were injured in the incident. 

Police say there isn't any other information available on the shooting as an investigation ensues. The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team handles officer involved shootings, and that will be the case for this incident. 

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