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Photos: Wesley Maldonado killed by cops in Thornton after high-speed chase

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Photos, video and more below.
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.

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.

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The scene, as captured in a CBS4 image.
"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."

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.

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One of the police cars that responded to the scene.
"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."

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.

Continue for more about the death of Wesley Maldonado, including additional photos, a video and an interactive graphic.



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13 comments
vanessaesquibel
vanessaesquibel

So i am wesleys wife my name is Vanessa there was never a domestic call there are so many things the media left out buty

ObamaNazi
ObamaNazi

No more DREAM babies for Pedro Maldonado.

jaysonmacias
jaysonmacias

fuck you he was a good man & daddy but bro you will be miss 


GiGi Gilded Lily Ramone
GiGi Gilded Lily Ramone

relationships that include domestic violence are not easily understood...i'm sure the woman is in a terrible place and i hope she gets the help she needs.

Dee Bee
Dee Bee

Women who weep for men who were trying to hurt them are DUMB. Glad this idiot is dead.

VerryFunney
VerryFunney

oh look. the police have issued their version of a press release. believe nothing.

nwerle
nwerle

good guy - he  saved  taxpayer cost of trial

vanessaesquibel
vanessaesquibel

The only idiot is you for making comments that you know nothing about your ignorance and lack of brains defines you as a person! Know the facts before opening your mouth!!!

reneevm
reneevm

He was  not an idiot but a man who was my brother just be glad this did not happen to a member of your family, know the details before you try and judge anyone, I am not glad he is dead nor is any of our family. Thank you for making a hard situation harder.

reneevm
reneevm

@nwerle he was my brother and he was a good guy who after our fathers death was never the same, he was a high school graduate who became a journeyman electrician in a bad relationship who had a family, just be glad it was not your brother murdered in this way


azalearose1989
azalearose1989

Wesley was a great man , if anybody knows him its me he was the perfect dad and anybody who has some bullshit to talk ill answer to u. The 9 news only knew and said what makes the department look like heroes when in reality they took a good mans life. For what? A record they couldnt prove nothing ,i hope to our creator all the departments of police that participated in killing an innocent man get sued .. i love u wesley and miss u so much my love always and forever lucy lu!!!'

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