Photos: Wesley Maldonado killed by cops in Thornton after high-speed chase
The murder of eighteen-year-old Anthony Benavidez in a Thornton trailer park isn't the only violent death to take place in that community over recent days.
Photos, video and more below.
Also killed was Wesley Maldonado, who died at the hands of police officers. Maldonado, who had a lengthy criminal record, led cops on a wild high-speed chase that went back and forth from Thornton to Denver twice before winding up on the block where a gunshot appears to have sparked the entire incident. Photos, video and details below.
Thornton police spokesman Officer Matt Kandt, who also filled us in about the Benavidez homicide (the teen died from a knife wound to the throat; a seventeen year old is in custody for the crime), lays out the facts.
"At approximately 11:30 p.m. on the 2nd of January, officers responded to a report of domestic violence, with shots fired, on the 300 block of East 88th Avenue," Kandt says. "It was an apartment complex, and when officers arrived at the scene, they observed the suspect leaving the scene in a vehicle."
The scene, as captured in a CBS4 image.
And leaving quickly. Officers gave chase, and Kandt notes that "it was quite a pursuit. It went down into Denver, came back to Thornton, went back into Denver again, and then came back to Thornton where it all began -- the 300 block of East 88th."
This trip took approximately thirty minutes, with I-25 and Washington Street among the routes noted by CBS4 in its coverage.
Shortly after returning to the original scene, Kandt goes on, "the suspect appeared to intentionally collide with two marked police vehicles, and then appeared to point a firearm at police officers."
The cops responded in force. Four officers -- one from Thornton, three from the Denver Police Department -- opened fire on Maldonado.
"He was struck and later pronounced deceased at the scene," Kandt says. "And afterward, a firearm was located in the suspect's possession, and there was evidence that the weapon had been fired at some point during the incident."
One of the police cars that responded to the scene.
Confirmation of this last assertion comes from one witness who spoke with CBS4: He said Maldonado was "poppin' off shots" as he drove past, causing a couple of cars to swerve in an effort to get away from him.
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