Arrests made after assault on Arvada officer

Staff report
Posted 4/8/19

Multiple arrests were made April 7 in reference to a chemical device used against law enforcement and a citizen the following day. On April 6 at approximately 12:22 a.m. Arvada Police were dispatched …

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Arrests made after assault on Arvada officer


Five teenagers were arrested April 7 following an incident that left a citizen and officer injured.

On April 6 at approximately 12:22 a.m. Arvada Police were dispatched to the area of W. 68th Avenue and Beech Street in reference to a hazard involving traffic signs, including a stop sign, in the roadway. A citizen called in the hazard and stayed on the scene until an officer arrived.

While an officer was removing the debris from the roadway, a chemical device was thrown in close proximity to the officer. The chemical reaction created a gas which injured the officer and a citizen. The officer was immediately transported to the hospital and has since been released. The citizen was treated on scene with minor injuries.

David Snelling, detective with the Arvada Police said they believe the signs were strategically placed in the road to create an event that would allow a police officer to be targeted.

Within 24 hours of the incident, Maxwell McCann, 17, Braiden Ulmer, 18, Isaac Koch, 18, and Gavin Dawson, 18, along with an unnamed juvenile were all booked on several charges of felony assault and possession and use of explosives.

Arvada Police said they will not release the components of the chemical bomb “to avoid repeated incidents.” They are also withholding the name of the officer injured.

The case has been turned over to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

I’m grateful that our officer and community member were not more seriously injured although we do not yet know the long term affects of this attack on them,” said Arvada Police Chief Link Strate. “We know that this attack on one of our officers is not representative of our community. We appreciate the support of our community and we take their safety and our officers’ safety very seriously.”


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