Marcus Ray Martinez shoots himself in head after wounding cop at Jugz: Suicide attempt?

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The scene at Jugz Sports Tavern should have been celebratory last night. After all, the bar caters to Broncos fans, and earlier in the day, Denver defeated Tampa Bay for the team's seventh straight victory. But that was before two police officers confronted Marcus Ray Martinez, a 27-year-old car theft suspect who allegedly shot one of the cops before firing a bullet at his own head.

Would Wheat Ridge Police Department Division Commander Jim Lorentz, who's serving as public information officer for the incident, characterize Martinez's second shot as a suicide attempt? "That would be my interpretation," he says.

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Here's how Lorentz describes the events of last night, which involved the police department from Mountain View, a small community in Jefferson County.

"The officers of Mountain View got a call from a citizen, who said there was a suspect of auto theft in the bar," Lorentz says. "The officer got back-up from an officer from Lakeside and they found the person," subsequently described as Martinez, "and they determined that he was the right suspect."

At that point, Lorentz goes on, "the officers contacted him and said they were going to pat him down for weapons. But he pushed away and said he had a gun" -- something he proved seconds later by drawing the weapon and firing at the cops.

The officer from Mountain View was struck in the leg. But then, before either of the cops could return fire, "he turned the gun on himself," Lorentz says.

Continue to read more about the shooting at Jugz last night.


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4343 Sheridan Blvd., Denver, CO

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JugzSportsTavern

I can't believe all the angry words,........     December 2nd,l 2013 9pm, Broncos victory party in way, Marcus Ray Martinez accompanied by three others, order a beer and begin a friendly game of pool at Jugz Sports Tavern.   Its a set up,  loured in to a business to get revenge for he had stolen a car from a family member.   They knew he had a warrant and in possession of a stolen car; that alone sends red flags for suspect possibly being armed and dangerous.  Police show up, question Marcus for fifteen minutes 15 by pool tables.  Full cooperation of Marcus, Poor Judgement of police and few minutes later ..... DREAMS DISAPPEARED..... everything myself and my husband had worked hard for to create a future for our baby was gone.   WHO'S THE REAL VICTIM HERE!!    The cop?? who didn't follow protocol and who's lack of judgement and training endangered several patrons, employees, himself, the community. Why did the officer not take Marcus outside as soon as his identity was confirmed???    ...    Or Marcus?  Or the girls that set him up? Knowing that he had "THAT ON HIM" (gun)  .. Why not Arby's or Walmart??   Or Patons? Or the Employees who now have no income and were handcuffed for four hours in patrol cars as if they were the criminal..   MY WHOLE FUTURE AND ALL THE HARD WORK WAS FOR NOTHING. TAKEN FROM ME AND MY FAMILY IN A MATTER OF MINUTES ....    So I ask who is angry?   or Sad?   or Ashamed?    and who is the criminal who is the victim?   That little girl lost her Daddy that day, my little son lost his future and that cop did not serve and protect.  Tomorrow we get foodstamps and hopefully leap pays the heat and for that I am grateful.   Americans have no rights, no freedom and no future without justice.       This is just a tiny little page to the whole convoluted story.       

chunt6
chunt6

stealing cars, drinking and pulling a gun in public.  sounds like a real stand up kind of father....NOT!  his daughter is too young to understand dumbass; she will b better off without him.

chauntae
chauntae

people r startn to fuckin piss a person off wit ur dumbass remarks 

chauntae
chauntae

find something better to do than sit here tlkin down on someone use dnt evn fuckin knw since use wana b in the mix than pay a fuckin attention he didnt purposly shoot him alrite n jus get over it already use dnt fukin knw him n hs daughter loves him and hes the best dad a kid cud hav he jus was sad n hurt n wasnt thinkin str8 n trust me hes paying for it big time

chauntae
chauntae

no ones acting like he didnt do anything wrong al im sayin is dnt tlk shit wen use dnt knw shit alrite i knw him he didnt do it on purpose n im nt saying it cuz im hs sister bt i knw him n he wudnt hurt a sole weather he wanted to die or not 

Itiswhatitis21
Itiswhatitis21

What a fckin dumbass, deserves to die. He obviously wanted to anyway, first shooting a cop, then shooting his own stupid ass. What a pussy way to go down.

smalcolm83
smalcolm83

He shot a cop and u r acting like he did nothing wrong! Its great that u love ur brother but he is just another idiot with a gun I am glad he didnt die but I am also glad he will sit in prison for the pain he caused the officer and for risking the lives of everyone around him with his stupidity his daughter deserves a way better father dont make

makekidssuffer

chauntae
chauntae

n its nt ku to tlk shit bout peoples family wen u dnt evn knw them. nt to smart lol... worthless.. funny.. n shooting urself doesnt make u a fukin criminal n the whole car thing no one knws shit about.. n the cop thing ya it was wrong n he knws it bt that dnt evn make him a criminal he didnt kill anyone he didnt fuckin go all out n start killin people he hurt himself n if that makes him a criminal then everyones fucked cuz everyones hurts themseleves everyday mayb nt by shooting bt at least he did it to him n no one else 

chauntae
chauntae

use al think its fukin laughs n giggles bt its fukin nt he has a beautiful 3 yr old daughter who loves him to death who has to c him layin in a hospital bed n for the rest of his n her life is probably gna hav to visit him while hes in jail.. so wen he did wat he did im sure he wasnt thinkn str8 cuz thats hs baby n he wudnt want that for her so seriously fuk everyone who thinks he shud hav finished wt he started or watever the fuk u weird minded people think cuz the only one whose gna pay for anything that happend is my niece n she sure the hell dnt deserve it n she sure the hell wants her dad in her life n nt fukin dead so thank god he didnt finish cuz my niece wud b the one broken hearted bt like u heartless people giv a fuk rite people these days need alot fukin help to evn say the shit they say to evn thinik wt they think i love u my brother n im glad ur awake n alive n get to spend mre time wit ur daughter..

chauntae
chauntae

wow bitches better not be running there mouths bout my brother wtf its no ones fuckin business n if u actually get a kick out of stories like this than u gt sme fuckin issues n u shud take urself out of ur fam... dnt listen to people on here there on here reading n lookin at shit that has nuthn to do with them cuz they hav nuthn better to do so dnt let wt people say get to u fuck them all marcus is a good guy he fukd up who doesnt fuck up mistakes happen he obviously wasnt tryin to hurt the fuckin cop he shot him in the damn leg.. he prob didnt evn mean to fukin do it.. n if anyone on heres whose runnin there mouth knew him than people wud understand y he evn did wtf he did.. not everyones lives are perfect n hs wasnt he fuckin lost everything he had hs fam hs life so before u judge knw wth is goin on if i had no one id prob do the same except i wudnt shoot a cop bt ya point is dnt fukin judge anyone cuz im sure u dnt like wen people judge u.. no matter wt the situation is sometimes people jus cnt take it anymre.. n if u gt anything else to say than say it to me or to her or to someone who cares n show ur damn face cuz the shit tlkin on the computer is fukin lame immature n annoying as fuck.. hes my brother n im proud as fuck to have him in my fam so fuk everyone who wants to run there fukd up mouths

hellodustin
hellodustin

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