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Second officer-involved shooting in Arvada in 2018


An armed suspect, identified as Adrian Valdez, 39, was shot by Arvada Police officers after he reportedly attacked officers and a K9 Wednesday, Jan. 31 around 8:35 p.m. He was pronounced dead on scene.

On the evening of Jan. 31 at approximately 7:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to a domestic situation in the 7300 block of 82nd Way. It’s reported that officers learned that Valdez had violated a restraining order. He also had a felony warrant out of Pueblo and a Denver County traffic warrant. Valdez fled before officers arrived.

The Arvada Police reports that officers were told Valdez was armed.  

At approximately 8:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to a separate suspicious person call in a nearby apartment complex (6900 block of W. 84th Way). The description of that person was similar to the description given to officers in reference to Valdez from the earlier domestic call.

A K9 was called in to assist responding officers. Officers and the K9 unit arrived on scene where they located a male — later identified positively by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office as Valdez — in an enclosed area of the apartment complex.

It’s reported that officers could see he was armed with a knife and gave several commands for him to drop the weapon. Valdez instead came at the officers and K9 with the knife and officers shot him.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T), comprised of Jefferson County law enforcement agencies and members of the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, is investigating the incident. The investigation is on-going.


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