A Littleton police officer was hospitalized Tuesday morning after being shot several times during the night in the areas of South Bannock Street and West Powers Avenue, officials said.
Littleton Police Chief Doug Stephens said during a morning news conference that the suspect was being sought.
Stephens said two officers responded to calls from a vehicle in that area shortly after midnight. “What they thought was a potentially suspicious vehicle,” and the two suspects fled on foot, he said.
Stephens said that as a suspect entered an apartment building at 183 West Powers Avenue, he turned and fired several shots, hitting an officer repeatedly.
The officer, who was wearing what Stephens described as body armor, was shot “more than three times”.
“We believe he received some shots on his torso, which were absorbed by the body armor, and he received wounds on his arms, his legs and arm, and possibly a wound on his chest on top of his vest,” Stephens he said.
Both officers retaliated, Stephens said. “At this point, we don’t know whether the suspect was killed,” he said.
The injured officer – who has not been publicly identified – was taken to a local hospital, where he underwent surgery and is now in the intensive care unit, Stephens said. The condition of the officer is said to be critical but stable.
“His family is with him and he has demanded privacy,” the chief said.
While another officer was helping the officer who was shot, the suspect fled, Stephens said.
Stephens said investigators have recovered the vehicle that the two officers had originally stopped, but the other rider who fled the scene is also absconding.
The Littleton Police Department initially asked residents of the area to stay in their homes. But Stephens said during the news conference that the area was determined to be safe and that residents no longer needed shelter.
Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Littleton Police at 303-794-1551.