2 police officers shot near Denver; suspect held

LAKEWOOD, CO - The Lakewood Police Department is combing the scene of the shooting that injured two police officers Saturday night.

The male and a female officers were shot, but not critically injured, while responding to a welfare check near South Kipling Street and West Jewell Place Saturday night. Their names have not been released.

The intersection remains closed Sunday morning.

The officers were dispatched to a home in the 9700 block of West Jewell Place at about 10 p.m. after a woman called police about her despondent husband. The woman was not home at the time, but her husband told her that if police showed up at the house, there would be a confrontation, police spokesman Steve Davis said.

When the two officers arrived at the home the suspect came out of the house and immediately started shooting at them, Davis said.

Other responding officers fired back, shot the suspect and then took him into custody.

"You start shooting at officers ... you will certainly be dealt with," Davis said Saturday night. "We're very grateful our officers weren't further hurt."

Bullet proof vests "played a crucial role" in saving the lives of the officers, Davis said.

Davis said the suspect, who is in his mid-50s, was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not identified him.

It's not clear if the officers said anything to the man before he started firing.

SWAT officers are searching the man's home to see if he had weapons other than the handgun he used in the shooting.

Jewell was shut down from South Oak Street to South Garrison Street and Kipling was blocked south of Jewell as officers investigated.

At least 14 police vehicles and five emergency vehicles, as well as vehicles from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, responded to the shooting.

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