According to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, Denver police shot and killed a carjacking suspect who randomly fired a handgun at a playground and who opened fire at officers, a fair use of deadly force.
According to a review paper released Thursday, 22-year-old Cedric Vick was shot and killed on May 14 at West First Avenue and Perry Street. Nine officers fired a total of 109 shots at Vic.
“At the time he discharged his firearms, officers knew that Mr. Vick had fired his gun at least twice before shooting and killing a woman holding a small child; that her gun was genuine. , and he was ready to fire at both civilians and police,” District Attorney Beth McCann said in a news release. “Mr. Vick posed an immediate threat to public safety and it was more than appropriate for these nine officers to use lethal force to stop him.”
The officers who fired at Vic are: Joshua Catlett, 20 rounds; Justin Kennedy, 18 rounds; Shane Madrigal, 19 rounds; John McAndrews, 15 rounds; Eduardo Madero, round eight; Manichot Funpaktra, five rounds; John Schaal, 12 rounds; John Silva, round six; and Jesse Trudell, round six.
McCann’s 24-page judgment letter to Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen on Thursday included statements from witnesses and police, as well as three photographs of Vick and the branding of a handgun. Video footage from the officers’ body cameras was reviewed as part of a police shooting investigation.
On May 14, five people called 911 at around 4:15 p.m. to report a man doing wrongdoing and waving a gun in the 4400 block of Morrison Road in the Westwood neighborhood. A caller reported the shooting.
Police said after the incident that responding officers found a woman who said a man had stolen her car at gunpoint. A child was sitting in the back seat and the woman was able to pick up the child from the vehicle before the man, later identified as Vic, took the car. The woman told the police that Vic had pointed a gun at her. According to the review, he also opened fire on another woman before the carjacking.
The officers chased the stolen car and Vick opened fire at the officers as they chased through the southwest Denver neighborhood. At one point the car collided with another vehicle, the occupants of the car were not injured. Vic crashes the stolen car at First & Perry. Police said at the time that Vick opened fire on strangers and police at least five times in a span of about 15 minutes.
As per the review, when Vic got out of the crashed car, he was armed and opened fire on the police.
“I conclude that under applicable Colorado law, no criminal charges are brought against these officers,” McCann said in the judgment letter. “My decision, based on criminal law standards, does not limit administrative action by the Denver Police Department, where tactical issues may be reviewed, or civil action where less stringent laws, regulations, and legal levels of evidence apply.” Huh.”
McCann will present a public virtual meeting about the shooting decision on Wednesday, September 22 at 5:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams.