Photos: Boulder cop, suspect wounded in bizarre SWAT team standoff on University Hill

Categories: Colorado Crimes

More photos from the scene courtesy of 7News on view below.
Overnight, a man's refusal to pay for a cab in Boulder turned into a hours-long SWAT team standoff in which he and a police officer were both injured.

What happened? Here's what we know thus far.

At about 1 a.m., according to the Boulder Police Department, officers tried to resolve what's described as "a disagreement over a taxi fare" near the corner of 12th and College streets, in the Boulder neighborhood known as The Hill.

Another shot from the scene.
For reasons the cops don't yet understand, the thus-far-unnamed suspect ran from the scene and holed up in an apartment building on the southeast corner of 11th and College.

The officers had already called for backups when they reported seeing the man point a gun at them. At this point, it's unknown if the suspect actually shot at the Boulder cops, but there's no doubt they fired at him. The BPD confirms that at least three officers discharged their weapons

At some point along the way, the suspect was hit and two officers sustained minor injuries. 7News is reporting that one was struck by a bullet fragment, although it's unclear at this writing whether it came from the suspect's bullet or one fired by a cop. Initial reports also stated that a second officer was hurt and on the ground. However, he was subsequently cleared by medical personnel at the scene.

Some of the officers who responded to the standoff.
Meanwhile, a standoff began, prompting the evacuation of the apartment building in which the suspect had taken refuge. Finally, around two-and-a-half hours later, SWAT team members were able to contact the man and he was taken into custody around 4 a.m.

The man was transported to Boulder Community Hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound. 9News quotes a witness as saying he appeared to be bleeding from the ankle and seemed confused, asking officers why he was being arrested.

Here's a 7News video from the scene.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive circa October 2013: "Target practice in hotel room prompts bizarre SWAT team standoff."

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KathleenChippi topcommenter

shooting over an unpaid taxi fare? amazing.  start shooting down sex offenders instead....


Lets get some cops that protect us and keep the peace instead of this BS!

RobertChase topcommenter

Put two police officers together in a stressful situation, and at least one of them will hallucinate a deadly threat -- was a gun recovered, and, if so, was it planted on the suspect?

Chase A Pickard
Chase A Pickard

boulder police - "didn't pay cab fare? call the SWAT team and tell them to bring assault rifles and 12 gauges."

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

If he'd have been an elk, he'd have really been in a spot.

fishingblues topcommenter

Everything in Boulder is bizarre.  

Jeff Kelly
Jeff Kelly

Way to de-escalate the situation!

Jim Platt
Jim Platt

This shootout and SWAT deployment began with a cab ride gone bad in Boulder. In 1992, I was a cab driver in Boulder and I carried a 4-D cell flashlight, partly for protection, which I never did more than set on the dash in a dispute. Never, never, never would this have happened in 1992 when Boulder PD walked down Pearl Street Mall with a smile.


Usually, it's by his own peers. Since they are brainless, spineless morons, this makes perfect sense.

RobertChase topcommenter

@JimTom  Your apparent assumption that most or all police shootings are justified is one shared with few but our fascist DAs.  Reality is that we live in one of the most violent societies on Earth, most of the members of which enable unjustified violence on the part of those supposed to stop it.


@RobertChase @JimTom Not sure where I said anything about any shooting being justified, but your response is your typical rhetoric. So we are more violent then all the Muslim countries where is common course to abuse women? I guess if your definition of violence always includes a gun these other countries are just peaceful safe places to live.    

RobertChase topcommenter

@JimTom  It does nothing to reduce our rate of deadly violence perpetrated with guns to insinuate that other societies have also institutionalized violence, nor does it help to insinuate that life here is preferable.  The United States is one of the most violent societies on the planet -- don't evade the facts, or try to diminish their significance.


@RobertChase @JimTom Quick question that you won't answer. Why are the police a problem in a city and county completely control by liberals for half a century? 

DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JimTom @RobertChase

Good question!

... because as seen in the recent MURDER of the sacred Elk, the lowlife knuckle-dragging Neanderthal scumbag cops are actually from outside Boulder ... hideous hell-holes of kkkonservatism like Arvada, Broomfield, Jefferson County, etc.

Boulder imports its Jackbooted Gestapo Thugs.

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