Police report a boy held hostage in a standoff in Arvada last week is safe. According to the Arvada Police, the suspect, identified as Don Pooley, 34, was shot and killed.
Pooley, a known criminal, had fled to an Arvada residence between 60th …
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Pooley, a known criminal, had fled to an Arvada residence between 60th Avenue and Gray Street, and forced his way into the house. Around 5:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3, police received a 911 domestic disturbance call involving Pooley and a gun. Following this call, Pooley held a 13-year-old teen, Connor Scott, hostage for 18 hours and made several threats to shoot and kill the teen.
Throughout negotiations with Arvada Police, Pooley made several references to local media posts and said he was monitoring the incident’s coverage.
Around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning, police successfully rescued the boy from the situation, when Pooley came to the door, seeking requests from police. At that time, he was shot and killed, and Connor was rescued by a SWAT team. He was physically unharmed during the incident.
In a prepared statement sent Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Ben-Joseph and Scott families requested to not be contacted by media, but thanked the agencies involved for their help rescuing their son from the incident.
“Our son is safe and home, and our first concern is his care and safety as we try to return to normal life,” the statement read. “Connor is in good spirits and very happy to be back with his family. His strength and bravery through this ordeal is truly amazing and we continue to shower him with hugs and kisses as we all begin to heal. “
Arvada Police will continue to investigate the situation over the next several days, and the Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team will investigate the officer-involved shooting.
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