Video: Suicidal gunman closes streets near Cheesman Park for hours
Major streets near Cheesman Park were shut down for hours yesterday, with Denver police enforcing closures from mid-afternoon well into the evening.
Big photos, video below.
What happened? A man reportedly fired shots out of his apartment in a building near 10th and Race. When police finally gained entry, however, they found his body: He'd apparently taken his own life.
Look below to see details, photos from the scene, a video and more.
First word of the incident was tweeted out by Denver cops about fourteen hours ago at this writing. Here's the first message....
#BREAKING: DPD PIO responding to area of 10th & Race on reports of shots fired. More details to come...— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) January 16, 2014
...plus one followup....
#BREAKING UPDATE (1/2): Multiple shots fired, no one believed to be struck. Party still inside apt. in area of 10th & Race.— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) January 16, 2014
#BREAKING UPDATE (2/2): Perimeter established, including Cheeseman Park.— Denver Police Dept (@DenverPolice) January 16, 2014
...sent within the hour. Officers didn't uncover evidence of anyone being hit by the shots, but given the dense population in the area, not to mention the proximity to a park used by families and Denverites of every description, the risk presented by a person firing wildly from what was later determined to be a second-story unit in a complex at 1077 Race Street was extremely high.
When the gunfire stopped, the police waited for a search warrant, all the while keeping the streets closed. Here are a series of photos taken around 6:30 p.m. near the scene by Westword web editor Adam Roy:
Photo by Adam Roy Photo by Adam Roy Photo by Adam Roy
Finally, around 8 p.m., members of the Denver SWAT team were able to access the apartment. They found a dead man inside. DPD reps later told the media that he appeared to have taken his own life.
Photo by Adam Roy
A short time later, streets were finally reopened, and this morning, residents of the area are able to move about freely again -- albeit with undoubtedly vivid memories of a very unsettling night.
Look below to see a 9News report about the shooting.
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